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ONE Championship: ‘The Bandit’ defends title at ‘Reign of Valor’


Reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam of Sweden will make the first title defense against Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin of Kazakhstan, the main event for ONE: Reign of Valor set at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium on March 8, 2019.

Kadestam captured the vacant ONE Welterweight World Championship with a stunning fifth-round knockout of previously unbeaten American Tyler McGuire last November. “The Bandit” showcased his dynamic striking skills and will now look to make his first ONE World Title defense against the veteran Kichigin.

Kadestam | One Championship

Kadestam | One Championship

Kichigin is a grappling specialist who hails from Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has amassed a stellar 20-5 professional mixed martial arts record, of which 16 victories have come by submission. “Knight” is currently riding an impressive 14-bout win streak, having not lost a match since November 2014.

Former ONE Bantamweight World Title challenger Toni “Dynamite” Tauru is making his return to the ONE cage, following a short break from competition. Gary “Saint Lion” Mangat of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada steps into the ONE cage looking to extend his win streak against Tauru.

Bozhena Antoniyar grew up in Loikaw, the capital city of Myanmar’s Kayah State. She began training in martial arts at the age of 16, and ultimately became a two-time National Boxing Champion. Stepping up to face Bozhena Antoniyar is Malaysia’s Audreylaura “Ice Comet” Boniface.

The Philippines’ Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres is looking to get 2019 off to a hot start when she faces promotional newcomer Lin “Fighting Sister” Heqin.

Jomary Torres (ONE Championship photo)

Jomary Torres (ONE Championship photo)

After kicking off her ONE Championship career with three straight victories, Torres stumbled in 2018, dropping her last two contests. “The Zamboanginian Fighter,” who trains under head coach and veteran mixed martial artist Rene Catalan at Catalan Fighting System, seeks to return to her winning ways this year. But in order to do that, she will have to get past Heqin.

Heqin is a 25-year-old Chinese martial arts star who is currently on a five-bout win streak. She possesses incredible power in her strikes and has registered multiple knockouts in her mixed martial arts career. “Fighting Sister” aims to make a statement in her ONE Championship debut by taking out Torres.

Making his professional mixed martial arts debut is Tial Thang, who squares off with Cambodian Kun Khmer practitioner Rin Saroth, a former KWC 3 Featherweight Tournament Finalist with a 110-22 record in Kun Khmer. Tial Thang and Saroth will face each other in a 68-kilogram catch weight bout.

Also, Myanmar rising star Phoe “Bushido” Thaw returns to action to face “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo of Indonesia.

Additional bouts at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR will be announced at a later date.

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