ONE Championship 60 highlights: Ben Askren maintains title, perfect career mark

ONE Championship welterweight title holder Ben Askren (17-0) is still unbeaten more than nine years into his professional career.

The “Funky” one returned to action at Saturday’s historic ONE Championship 60 even in Shanghai, manhandling Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-4) en route to a second-round TKO finish. Askren is now 5-0 under the ONE Championship banner. The former Bellator champion also stands at No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

To see highlights of Askren’s win, as well as other key results from the card, check out the video above, courtesy of ONE Championship.

Full ONE Championship 60 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 7 a.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 5:30 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship 60 results: Champ Ben Askren defends again, secures another stoppage

With his third straight title defense and 17th consecutive victory, ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren had another relatively easy day of work.

Askren (17-0) dominated Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-4) in today’s ONE Championship 60 headliner.

“ONE Championship: Shanghai” took place at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China, and it streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America.

Askren, a former Bellator champion who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, cruised with a ground-geared attack.

Things didn’t start well for Kadestam, a 26-year-old striker who has seven knockouts in nine career wins, and they never got much better. In the opening moments of the fight, Askren, a former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and Olympian, went to his roots and scored a big takedown (via Twitter):

Askren’s domination, which came from mount and while affixed to Kadestam’s back, continued through the first round and into the next.

Ultimately, a barrage of ground-and-pound from the mount, which came late in the second round, forced a merciful stoppage to the lopsided fight (via Twitter):

Askren picked up his 10th stoppage in 17 career wins. And the 33-year-old, who’s previously been criticized for a grinding and not-so-fan-friendly fighting style, now has stoppages in six of past seven fights.

Full ONE Championship 60 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 7 a.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 5:30 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Ben Askren defends title vs. Zebaztian Kadestam at ONE Championship 60 in Shanghai

For the first time, ONE Championship will touch down in Shanghai next month, and its welterweight title will be on the line.

Dominant unbeaten 170-pound champion Ben Askren (16-0) will put his belt up against Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-3) in the main event of ONE Championship 60.

The event takes place Sept. 2 at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China. The card will stream via online pay-per-view in North America.

“China is one of our biggest markets, and the focus has been to really bring the rich cultural history of martial arts in China to the forefront,” Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated. “It is a delight to finally announce our inaugural event in the beautiful city of Shanghai.”

Askren will fight for the second time in 2017 when he steps in against Kadestam. In May, he submitted Agilan Thani at ONE Championship 55 for his second defense of the welterweight title. He stayed perfect for his career at 16-0, including 4-0 for ONE Championship.

Askren had just one fight in 2016, a non-title win over Nikolay Aleksakhin when Aleksakhin failed to make weight. And he had just one fight in 2015 – a no-contest with Luis Santos after Santos was poked in the eye and couldn’t continue.

Kadestam has alternated wins and losses for his past five fights. In May, he fought Santos and knocked him out with knees in the third round to put himself on the path to a fight with Askren. Overall, eight of Kadestam’s nine career wins have been by stoppage, indluding seven knockouts.

The ONE Championship 60 lineup includes:

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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