‘Smarter’ Belingon Out For Redemption In Fourth Match With Fernandes

Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is one of the most experienced Filipino athletes in the ONE Championship stage, but for him, there are always new things to learn.

This Sunday, 13 October, the 34-year-old Filipino star will clash with ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the fourth time in the main card of ONE: CENTURY PART II, which will be held at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan

Belingon will make his fourth World TItle appearance in the latest chapter of a career that has seen him compete 26 times against quality opposition in his 12 years as a professional mixed martial artist.

Despite the depth of experience he earned, Belingon admits that he is still getting exposed to new things, including unfortunate turn of events that cost him his World Title last March at ONE: A NEW ERA against Fernandes.

Now that his opportunity to regain his crown is just hours away, Belingon shared that he will maximize every knowledge he has collected in his career and will play things smarter this time as he aims to end his rivalry with Fernandes on top.

“To be honest, my training and mentality are the same compared to my previous matches,” Belingon shared.

“If any, the only difference will be my approach. We have an excellent game plan for Bibiano, all I have to do is play it smart and execute those perfectly.”

In their trilogy, Belingon showed his trademark striking as well his toughness in the face of adversity to recover from a dangerous strike from Fernandes early on.

The hard-hitting Filipino showed his heart and controlled the pace of the match before the unfortunate scenario that forced the referee to award the ONE Bantamweight crown to the Brazilian legend.

Heading to their fourth and possible last meeting, Belingon shared that he will employ his old, battle-tested skills along with his smart approach when he faces Fernandes.

“I will be careful with his movements and at the same time, I’ll have to be wise with how I’ll counter.”

Nevertheless, Belingon will walk into Ryogoku Kokugikan this Sunday with confidence that he can reclaim what he believes he rightfully owns and earn more appreciation all over the martial arts world with a memorable performance over Fernandes.

“Expect a smarter, stronger and a more confident Kevin Belingon. You can look out for a better performance from me.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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