Swedish standout Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam will make his promotional debut under the ONE Championship banner on the undercard of ONE: Dynasty of Heroes, which takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 26 May.
Kadestam is an MMA veteran who holds an 8-3 professional record and has competed for some of the continent’s top promotions. Six of his eight career victories have come by way of knockout, including a 11-second stoppage of Finnish rival Glenn Sparv in April 2016.
Training out of Legacy Gym in Boracay under the tutelage of decorated kickboxer Ole Laursen, Kadestam made his mark in the sport’s growing scene in Asia by capturing the welterweight championship at Pacific Xtreme Combat where he successfully defended it twice in dominating fashion.
Now finding his way to ONE Championship, the Swedish striking specialist is a late replacement for Vuyisile Colossa and will go up against former title challenger Luis Santos.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by this well-respected MMA promotion. It’s a chance to show the world what I am capable of doing inside the cage,” he said.
“I’m not going to waste this wonderful opportunity. I am here to give every fan of the sport who is going to watch the event live a night to remember,” Kadestam added.
As a strong-minded competitor with the ability to score a knockout in a variety of methods, Kadestam seeks a statement-making victory in his first assignment as a ONE Championship athlete.
Kadestam is fully aware that having his hand raised against Santos will be a tough task to accomplish. Santos owns 70 professional bouts in his prizefighting record and over half of his wins ending by either TKO or KO.
With a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a penchant for spectacular finishes, Santos has emerged as one of ONE Championship’s most overwhelming physical specimens – a fighter capable of finishing a bout in a variety of ways at any given moment.
Known for his aggressiveness and brute strength, Santos looks to continue his dominance inside the ONE Championship cage in his next outing against Kadestam.
“We are keenly studying my opponent for this fight. He is a more experienced fighter than I am. I know what he is capable of doing inside the cage. But I view this as a challenge that can truly benefit my career. It’s an honor to share the cage with a great warrior like him,” Kadestam said of Santos.
Although many cageside observers speak highly of him due to his impressive track record, Kadestam is more than willing to meet their expectations as he vows to notch a decisive triumph in his favor.
“I take pride on being an exciting competitor inside the cage, willing to please the crowd by always seeking the highlight-reel finish. In my ONE Championship debut, fans are in for a treat,” he ended.