Ben Askren

ONE Championship Shanghai: Ben Askren flattens out Zebastian Kadestam to retain title

ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben “Funky” Askren (17-0-0, 1NC) successfully defended his title today with a convincing second-round TKO victory over Swedish challenger Zebastian Kadestam in the main event of ONE Championship Shanghai.

Askren’s grappling neutralized the striking of the Kadestam. He then landed a double-leg takedown with some ground-and-pound to pile up the points. It was much of the same in the second round despite Kadestam fighting off a rear-naked choke and the ref was forced to stop the contest at 4:09.

In other fights on the card:

Ma Ho Bin def. Hexigetu HAexiget via submission (guillotine) R2 4:50

Amir Khan def. JAtoslav Kartim via KO R1 3:46

Chunyan Xu def. Eh Ya Nut via UD

Sagetdao Petpaythai def. Mahmoud Mohamed via TKO (strikes) R1 1:41

Jie Mao def. Mona Samir via submission (armbar) R1 0:49


Tetsuya Yamada def. Kyle Rozewski via submission (rear-naked choke) R1 1:56

Zehao Zhang def. Cheng Chao Li via TKO (strikes) R2 2:53

Chao Xie def. Marc Marcellinus via submission (kimura) R1 1:28


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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.