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Belingon – Fernandes trilogy set in Japan
by Harley F. Palangchao

READY FOR TRILOGY -- ONE bantamweight world champion Kevin Belingon is ready for a trilogy with Bibiano Fernandes in one of the world championship bouts set in Tokyo, Japan on March 31. -- ONE photo

Reigning ONE Championship bantamweight world champion Kevin Belingon will defend his belt against former champion Bibiano Fernandes in the second trilogy of Asia’s most dominant media sports company.

ONE announced that the Belingon-Fernandes trilogy will be the fourth world championship bout set for the promotion’s inaugural and blockbuster fight night in Tokyo, Japan on March 31.

The much-awaited trilogy between two of the most exciting fighters in the division will be the co-main event of ONE: A New Era, which will be headlined by reigning ONE lightweight world champion and former champion Shinya Aoki, the most famous mixed martial artist in Japan.

Belingon and Fernandes first met in January 2016, when the Brazilian made quick work of the Filipino, whom he finished via first-round submission. Belingon was unable to showcase much of his striking, as it was easily nullified by Fernandes’ vaunted grappling.

From there, Fernandes continued to establish himself as the most dominant ONE world champion in history with eight successful title defenses. Belingon, on the other hand, worked his way back up to contention, winning six straight bouts in an exciting fashion to earn another shot at the ONE bantamweight world title.

Belingon captured the ONE bantamweight world belt in a scintillating split decision victory over Fernandes last November in Singapore. It was a close match-up, one that saw Belingon’s elite striking take center stage as he overcame Fernandes’ world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The Japan event will also present reigning ONE women strawweight world champion Xiong Jing Nan of China, who will defend her belt against ONE women atomweight world champion Angela Lee of Singapore.

ONE middleweight world champion Aung La N Sang of Myanmar will also defend his world title against Ken Hasegawa of Japan.

Also seeing action on the card is former longest Ultimate Fighting Championship champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who will take on Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in a quarter-final bout of the ONE flyweight world grand prix.

Former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez will face dangerous Russian adversary Timofey Nastyukhin in a quarter-final of the ONE lightweight world grand prix.

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