Kadestam Loses to Askren at ONE Championship

Swedish welterweight Zebaztian Kadestam (10-4) lost an unbeaten ONE Welterweight Champion Ben Askren (17-0, 1 NC) in Shanghai, China. The Swede could not keep off his back, with the American slamming him to the mat with in the first 30 seconds and kept dominant position throughout.

The Pancrase fighter stayed relaxed to try and conserve his energy, but many times Funky used a variety of take-downs to get back on top and move to the mount position, and take back.  After unanswered elbows and punches on the bottom, however the Bandit hung on to survive the first round.

A left-right combination attempt in the second round from Kadestam put him on his back as Askren shot in at the same time for a take-down.  Ben put more damage on the Swede.  In the end the referee jumped in to stop the bout in the second round by TKO.