ONE Championship: Kevin Belingon targets undisputed bantamweight crown

Filipino MMA star Kevin Belingon looks to become the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion when he meets reigning champion Bibiano Fernandes in Singapore

Filipino mixed martial arts star and reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is out to erase the “interim” tag from his title reign as he tries to unify the championships against reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes at ONE Championship: Heart of the Lion, Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

A rematch of their 2016 encounter that saw Fernandes win via first round submission, this is a fight that is two years in the making. 

Since losing to Fernandes in their first encounter, Belingon has been on an amazing six-fight winning streak, which inlcuded four former title contenders. 

For his part, Fernandes has been equally dominant since taking care of business against Belingon. 

The longest-reigning champion in ONE history continued his streak of successful title defenses with three masterful performances against top-tier bantamweights. 

“Handa na lahat, I’m 100 percent ready. I’m physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually ready para sa laban na ito,” said the Team Lakay star. “Pinaghirapan ko itong match na ito, kaya I’ll do my best to win the fight.”

One of the prevailing topics leading up to the fight is the marked improvement that Belingon has shown since losing to Fernandes. In that six-fight run, Belingon showed improved ground defense and offense, and has become even more lethal as a striker. 

Fernandes says he’s taken note of those improvements, but remains confident that he’ll be able to get past Belingon again. 

“I am ready for a war, I’m going to finish him again,” Fernandes said confidently. “I’m very focused and I’m very confident for this fight. I’ve fought Kevin [before], I’ve been waiting for him, I’ve been watching his last fight, his last three, four fights. He’s [gotten] adjustments, but I can see the adjustments that he made, and I will pass through those adjustments.”

For Belingon, a six-fight winning streak and a shot at redemption is on the line. 

For Fernandes, dubbed as the most dominant champion in ONE history, an amazing 14-year unbeaten streak and and a five-year reign as ONE’s bantamweight king is on the line. 

In the co-main event, Singaporean MMA star Christian “The Warrior” Lee faces Japanese contender Kazuki Tokudome, and in a ONE Super Series kickboxing bout, Armenian-Italian kickboxing legend Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan faces Muay Thai icon Sorgraw Petchyindee of Thailand.

ONE: Heart of the Lion Full Fight Card

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Kevin Belingon (ONE Bantamweight World Championship Unification Bout)

Christian Lee vs. Kazuki Tokudome (Featherweight MMA bout)

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy (ONE Super Series Catchweight Kickboxing bout)

Tiffany Teo vs. Michelle Nicolini (Women’s Strawweight MMA Bout)

Adrian Pang vs. Kota Shimoishi (Lightweight MMA Bout)

George Mann vs. Jo Nattawut (ONE Super Series Featherweight Muay Thai Bout)

Andrew Miller vs. Alaverdi Ramazanov (ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai Bout)

Garry Tonon vs. Sung Jong Lee (Lightweight MMA Bout)

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Himanshu Kaushik (Strawweight MMA Bout)

Panicos Yusuf vs. Muangthai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym (ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight Bout)

Muhammad Aiman vs. Shuya Kamikubo (Bantamweight MMA Bout)

Hisyam Samsudin vs. Xie Bin (Bantamweight MMA Bout)

Anthony Engelen vs. Meas Meul (Featherweight MMA Bout)

Don’t miss the action! Catch ONE: Heart of the Lion LIVE on Friday, November 9th beginning at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!