How ONE Championship Maximized Kevin Belingon’s Potential

Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon has emerged as one of the most talented mixed martial artists from the Philippines and he credits his time in ONE Championship on why that happened.

Belingon has been in The Home Of Martial Arts since its third event back in 2012 and he has certainly come a long way since then.

“When I came on board, I was really challenged to reach my goals and it really forced me to evolve as an athlete,” Belingon said.

“I really wanted to become a World Champion and joining ONE only motivated me to give more than 100 percent of my effort everytime I compete in the Circle.”

In The Home Of Martial Arts, Belingon has been exposed to different styles from devastating strikers like Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, to some of the best grapplers in Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes and Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev.

This only pushed the Kiangan, Ifugao Province native to expand his game from being simply just a powerful wushu artist to a well-rounded stud.

“With ONE being the biggest organization in Asia, I knew I needed to prepare and be at my best because it’s different here. I really dedicated myself to becoming better in all aspects of my game,” Belingon said.

“It’s not easy to be signed by ONE, that’s why everyday I looked to prove myself, to show that I am developing as an athlete.”

Seven years since making his debut against Masakazu “Ashikan-Judan” Imanari, Belingon has already competed 18 times in the promotion and has already reached his dreams of becoming a World Champion.

Still, the 32-year-old insists that he is far from satisfied with what he has achieved in the promotion.

“The challenge is to always improve everyday,” Belingon stated. “My development as an athlete should not stall. As time goes by, the challenges will only get bigger so I have to stay on my toes.”

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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