ONE Championship has put on meaningful shows for over ten years and have created several transcendent moments in combat history.
On the latest installment of This Day in History for ONE Championship, we look back at November 17th, 2018. When Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia was taken over by a martial arts extravaganza known as ONE: Warrior’s Dream.
A show featuring one of the greatest kickboxers of all time making his debut in the promotion, an epic battle for a vacant mixed martial arts title, and so much more.
This Day in History for ONE Championship
Nieky Holzken and Cosmo Alexandre clashed on this day three years ago in a kickboxing contest. This bout saw Holzken overcome a three-fight losing skid that saw the Glory welterweight world championship wrested from him.
Conversely for Alexandre, this fight halted a five-fight winning streak. As of this writing, the Holzken fight is the last time Alexandre has donned the big gloves as he has since competed in the MMA ranks.
The stoppage came in the second stanza via an uppercut courtesy of Nieky Holzken that felled Cosmo Alexandre.
— Nieky Holzken (@niekyholzken) November 24, 2018
Also on ONE: Warrior’s Dream, the vacant ONE welterweight world championship was contested between Zebaztian Kadestam and Tyler McGuire.
Kadestam up until that point had previously vyed for the ONE welterweight title. That bid came in a losing effort to Ben Askren via second-round TKO in September 2017.
His sophomore bid for the hardware came fourteen months afterward against then-unbeaten, 11-0 mixed martial artist Tyler McGuire.
With less than thirty seconds remaining in the final frame of the fight, Zebaztian Kadestam landed the fight-ending punch.
A victory that saw him improve to 11-4 as a pro on his overall fight record. But he also notched that redemptive world championship win within ONE’s welterweight category.
What was your favorite moment from ONE: Warrior’s Dream on This Day in History for ONE Championship?
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