Ben Askren continued his winning ways overseas today. The ONE Championship Welterweight Champion manhandled Swedish opponent Zebaztian Kadestam, finishing him in the 2nd round at ONE Championship 60 in Shanghai, China.
In the opening seconds of the fight, Askren landed a huge slam takedown on Kadestam. The rest of the round featured Askren smothering Kadestam with his grappling and ground & pound. Towards the end of the round, Askren landed several unanswered shots that could have easily ended the fight.
BAHHHH GAWWWD ASKREN SLAMMED HIM THROUGH THE CANVAS #WATCH LIVE (U.S. Only) ➜ https://t.co/n2FxR72qK9 pic.twitter.com/3EkTFpTTMl— FloCombat (@FloCombat) September 2, 2017
10-0 Askren#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/brz9dotR7S— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017
In the second round, Askren did more of the same by staying on top and landing consistent punches. Eventually Kadestam turtled up and the referee stopped the fight four minutes into the 2nd round.
#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/eRYgqagBvS— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017
Ben Askren Wins TKO R2.#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight #ANDSTILL pic.twitter.com/gvskdoYpIf— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017
If Ben hit harder it would have been over in 90 seconds.#ONEShanghai #ONEFightNight pic.twitter.com/Gv2J92nSmt— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017
The stoppage win gives the former Bellator Welterweight Champion his 17th straight victory, keeping him at a perfect 17-0 (with 1 No Contest).
Here are the full results for ONE Championship 60. [via MMAFighting]
Ben Askren def. Zebaztian Kadestam via second-round TKO (4:09)
Ma Hao Bin def. Hexigetu via second-round submission (guillotine choke) (4:50)
Amir Khan def. Jaroslav Jartim via first-round knockout (3:46)
Xu Chun Yan def. Eh Ya Nut via unanimous decision
Sagetdao Petpayathai def. Mahmoud Mohamed first-round TKO (1:41)
Jie Miao def. Mona Samir via first-round submission (armbar) (0:49)
Tetsuya Yamada def. Kyle Rozewski via first-round submission (rear-naked choke) (1:56)
Zehao Zhang def. Cheng Chao Li via third-round TKO (2:53)
Xie Chao def. Marc Marcellinus via first-round submission (kimura) (1:28)