Zebaztian Kadestam is keeping his hopes high that UFC will finally include him in UFC Manila.
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]A[/mks_dropcap]s Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second card in the Philippines takes shape, a lot of fighters in the region are expressing their desire to be part of it. The list includes highly ranked welterweight Zebaztian Kadestam.
One of the longtime prospects fighting in the Asia-Pacific region and the current Pacific Xtreme Combat welterweight champion, Kadestam has been longing to be signed by the UFC. Winning three of his last four fights, the 6-foot Swede has been campaigning for a call-up since winning the title in 2014. His most recent win is an 11-second TKO over highly ranked Glenn Sparv for last April in PXC 53.
Now that UFC is back in Manila in a little over a month, it would be no better time for him to step inside the Octagon in front of Filipino fight fans.
“We believe so,” Kadestam tells Dojo Drifter whether his performances gets noticed. At the same time, he’s being positive that one day he’ll get the chance to show his skills in the UFC. “Soon enough, but would be cool to make debut in Manila.”
“My whole career has been in Asia and the place I’ve called my home for a long time is the Philippines. I’m sure that most of my fans are Pinoys.” Zebaztian Kadestam was based on the island of Boracay and trained at Ole Laursen’s Legacy Gym before moving back to Sweden last year.
“To get to share such a huge goal for me with my fans would be priceless,” he added.
Currently recovering from a hip injury he suffered while preparing for his defense against Frank Camacho supposedly in July, “The Bandit” says it would not prevent him from reaching his dream. According to him, he wouldn’t say no if ever one day he gets the call to fight in the world’s premiere MMA organization.
“This is bigger than my injury, and I’m on my way back,” He said. “But even if I wouldn’t be 100% I would give the fans all their money’s worth and put it all on the line.”