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Belingon out to prove he’s ONE top contender
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FIGHTING PRIDE OF IFUGAO -- ONE top bantamweight contender Kevin Belingon of Kiangan, Ifugao is expecting a rematch against reigning division champion Bibiano Fernandes, but he has to win against Kevin Chung on Nov. 10 in Manila. -- ONE photo

 

For the past three outings of Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon inside the ONE Championship cage, the Filipino mixed martial artist has proven himself as the next worthy contender for the coveted ONE bantamweight world championship.

Since unsuccessfully challenging Bibiano Fernandes for the gold-plated strap in January 2016, Belingon has run through his recent opposition by piling up three-straight stellar victories.

Following his submission setback to Fernandes, Belingon took several months off before re-emer-ging in October 2016 by handing top Tajik prospect Muin Gafurov his second professional loss via unanimous decision.

Belingon followed it up with an astounding knockout conquest of Finnish dynamo and former title contender Toni Tauru in April in front of a sold-out crowd at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

In his most recent bout, Belingon showcased another epic performance by notching a first-round knockout win over fellow ex-title challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren in August.

After picking up an emphatic victory over McLaren, it appeared that Belingon was on his way to a second encounter with Fernandes.

However, Belingon is having a slight detour towards his goal to meet Fernandes again as he has been booked to face Korean-American standout Kevin “Old Boy” Chung in a three-round affair on the undercard of ONE: Legends of the World taking place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Nov. 10.

For Belingon, his cage showdown with Chung is an opportunity to make a truly impressive statement, as his objective is to score a rematch with Fernandes for the organization’s bantamweight title.

“Make no mistake about it, my performances in the cage as of late are a message to the organization and to the reigning ONE bantamweight world champion. I am coming for that belt, and no one can stop me. Whoever they put in front of me, I will be looking to destroy. I am a man on a mission,” Belingon said.

“My mindset remains to showcase my skills and remain focused on executing the game plan. My team and I have devised a tremendous strategy in dealing with my next opponent. Even though I have scored some recent knockouts, I am not going in there recklessly,” he added.

“If at any point I sense my opponent is ready to go, and the knockout presents itself, I am like a shark in a fish tank. There is no doubt I will go for the finish, and I will end matters quickly. I will strike my opponent until the referee pulls me off him,” Belingon added.

ONE lightweight world champion Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang will defend his belt against ONE featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of the night.

 
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