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Belingon vies to retain spot for ONE BW belt
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IN TIP-TOP CONDITION -- Former ONE bantamweight world champion Kevin Belingon remains in tip-top shape while on home quarantine, as he is anticipating for more challenging bouts this year, as he vies to be back in title contention anytime soon. -- ONE photo

After several months away from the limelight, former ONE bantamweight world champion Kevin Belingon is eager to make his return to mixed martial arts competition.

The Filipino has a certain place and time in mind for his next promotional appearance, and if he were to have his way, it would be a glorious homecoming.

Belingon wants to make his grand return at the promotion’s flagship event at ONE: Infinity 1 set at the Mall of Asia Arena May 29.

While he has ignited the global fanbase with his explosive striking and phenomenal stand-up repertoire, “The Silencer” may show a different side of himself in his next outing.

After all, the Filipino athlete’s most recent setback has forced him to develop other areas of his game.

When Belingon last graced the circle at ONE: Century Part 2  in Tokyo, Japan back in October 2019, he was submitted by his longtime rival and the reigning bantamweight king, Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil in the second round.

That upset has convinced him to work on his wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, where he has made big strides.

If everything goes according to plan, he could display some of his new tricks in the nation’s capital in two months.

“My target, hopefully, is the May event here in the Philippines. That is what I am looking at,” the 32-year-old Kiangan, Ifugao resident said.

“Now, I am focused on the ground game and my wrestling. Of course, I won’t relax on my specialty either – my striking. But then again, reviewing my match with Bibiano, I am really lacking on the ground and wrestling, so that’s what I am looking at right now.”

Belingon wants to smash his way back into the world title picture and challenge for the belt once more, but the path to the gold has become a winding road littered with top contenders at every turn.

The Filipino acknowledges that the upper echelon of the bantamweight division is stacked with talented athletes, but he is willing to face anyone who will get him closer to the ONE bantamweight world championship again.

“The most important thing is to get back to my winning ways and compete for the title once more. That’s the goal – to get back on top and get the belt.”

 
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