Bib­iano - Belin­gon re­match promises fire­works

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ONE CHAM­PI­ONSHIP’S world ban­tamweight uni­fi­ca­tion match promises to be one for the books.

Although it took years be­fore both reign­ing ban­tamweight ti­tlist Bib­iano Fer­nan­des and in­terim ti­tle holder Kevin Belin­gon faces each other again for a uni­fi­ca­tion match, both fight­ers promises fire­works in the main event of ONE: Heart of a Lion in Sin­ga­pore tonight, Novem­ber 9.

Belin­gon, of the famed Team Lakay hopes to ride on the suc­cess of his team in win­ning rematches against highly touted MMA fight­ers in cap­tur­ing two ti­tles this year.

“I trained very hard for the match this com­ing Fri­day. I’ve waited for a long time to face Bib­iano Fer­nan­des again. I am 100 per­cent ready and con­fi­dent. I will do my best to win this time. Be there to sup­port us on Novem­ber 9,” the Kian­gan, Ifu­gao na­tive beams dur­ing press con­fer­ence in Sin­ga­pore.

Af­ter join­ing ONE Cham­pi­onship in 2012, Belin­gon put to­gether a se­ries of tremen­dous per­for­mances, in­clud­ing sev­eral high­lightreel fin­ishes, to earn a shot at ONE Ban­tamweight World Cham­pion Bib­iano Fer­nan­des in early 2016.

Although Belin­gon failed to cap­ture the ti­tle, he has since been on a warpath back to world ti­tle con­tention,

putting to­gether a sen­sa­tional win streak which in­cludes huge knock­out wins over sev­eral for­mer world ti­tle chal­lengers. In his most re­cent out­ing, Belin­gon scored one of the big­gest wins of his ca­reer, de­feat­ing two-di­vi­sion ONE world cham­pion Martin Nguyen.

But Fer­nan­des re­mains the heavy fa­vorite in the highly an­tic­i­pated match – up who is widely con­sid­ered one of the best mar­tial artists in the world. He made his ONE Cham­pi­onship de­but back in 2012 and cap­tured the ban­tamweight world ti­tle in 2013.

Since then, Fer­nan­des has re­mained un­beaten in­side the ONE Cham­pi­onship cage, show­cas­ing tremen­dous strik­ing and grap­pling abil­ity and an un­wa­ver­ing will to win.

“It has al­ways been a plea­sure to be here in Sin­ga­pore. This is where I uni­fied the ti­tles in 2013. I will get a chance to do it again in a re­match with a tough op­po­nent in Kevin Belin­gon. I fought him in the past. I fin­ished him be­fore, and I will fin­ish him again. I am ready for the war on Fri­day, and I am pre­pared to do my best,” Fer­nan­des quipped.

Also in at­ten­dance dur­ing the kick off press con­fer­ence at the Ma­rina Bay Sands Expo & Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Sin­ga­pore were co-main event par­tic­i­pants Chris­tian Lee of Sin­ga­pore and Kazuki Toku­dome of Ja­pan, as well as newly-signed ONE Cham­pi­onship ath­letes Demetri­ous John­son and Ed­die Al­varez.

In ad­di­tion, ONE Cham­pi­onship also an­nounced a World Grand Prix for the fly­weight and light­weight di­vi­sions.

One Cham­pi­onship photo

FACE­OFF. Reign­ing ONE ban­tamweight world cham­pion Bib­iano Fer­nan­des of Brazil goes face-to-face with the chal­lenger, ONE in­terim ban­tamweight world cham­pion Kevin Belin­gon of the Philip­pines for the first time ahead of their highly-an­tic­i­pated show­down at the Sin­ga­pore In­door Sta­dium this Fri­day, Novem­ber 9.

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