Zebaztian Kadestam brings championship belt to Boracay, says it’s “good to be home”

Last Friday at PXC 44, Swedish fighter Zebaztian Kadestam (6-1) defeated Josh Calvo (8-4) via unanimous decision to capture the PXC welterweight title.

“The Bandit” has recently returned to the Philippines from Guam, and he’s happy to bring the belt home to Legacy Gym Boracay.

DojoDrifter.com caught up with the newly crowned champ to get his thoughts on his recent title fight and what the future might have in store for him.

DojoDrifter (DD): How did it feel to get that belt around your waist and hear your name announced as the new PXC welterweight champion?

Zebaztian Kadestam (ZK): Felt great. Even I was sure I won the fight; I have had very bad luck with decisions before.

DD: You’re known for your powerful leg kicks but your opponent wasn’t checking them. Did that surprise you? Also, were you surprised that he didn’t go down despite all the leg kicks you landed?

ZK: Yeah, I’m surprised he didn’t try to check my kicks. He went down once from the kick, but he was tough as hell.

DD: Josh had difficulty trying to take the fight to the ground. Was takedown defense a point of emphasis in your training camp leading up to this fight?

ZK: Yes like always, I rather go out on my feet than roll around on the ground.

DD: It’s the first time you went the distance in the PXC cage; were you frustrated that you weren’t able to get the finish?

ZK: I wasn’t frustrated in the fight, but I’m very disappointed that I didn’t turn it up and finish. But he was tough; hat off to Josh.

DD: How does it feel to be back home in Boracay?

ZK: I just got back to the gym and got a great welcome from all the guys. Feels great being back home. It’s been a long camp.

DD: What’s next for you: Are you looking to defend your title right away or are you eying a possible jump to the UFC?

ZK: Whatever happens happens. UFC would be cool, defending the belt would be cool

DD: Any shout outs or thank yous?

ZK: Thanks to Legacy Gym Boracay [and] GroundskillZ fight shorts: best fight shorts in the business.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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