Belin­gon stuns Brazil­ian for ONE crown

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It took Kevin “The Si­lencer” Belin­gon more than two years to get back at his tor­men­tor but it was worth the wait.

Belin­gon made his­tory Fri­day night in Sin­ga­pore by out­point­ing Brazil­ian star Bib­iano Fer­nan­des in their uni­fi­ca­tion fight dubbed as ONE: Heart of the Lion at the Sin­ga­pore In­door Sta­dium in Sin­ga­pore.

Belin­gon ac­tu­ally hit two birds with one stone as his ti­tle win as he also ended Fer­nan­des’ eightyear reign as ONE ban­tamweight ruler.

As ex­pected the fight was in­tense with both fighters not giv­ing an inch to the de­light of a huge crowd.

But it was Belin­gon who con­nected with the most telling blows, knock­ing down the Brazil­ian with a bru­tal right in the fourth round that ul­ti­mately earned him the judges’ nod.

“Bib­iano is a very tough op­po­nent, I re­ally had a hard time beat­ing him tonight,” Belin­gon said in the post-fight in­ter­view. “I know Bib­iano is very tough, but I think I de­serve this vic­tory.”

The Team Lakay star used his patented spin­ning back kicks in some in­stances that caught the Brazil­ian off guard and reel­ing.

The Brazil­ian, on the other hand, dis­played his grap­pling prow­ess by com­plet­ing five take­downs, but Belin­gon’s ground de­fense pre­vented Fer­nan­dez from in­flict­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

Belin­gon avoided a cou­ple of arm­bar threats in round two and was able to se­cure a dom­i­nant po­si­tion be­fore the horn sounded.

With the win, Belin­gon, who im­proved to 20-5, avenged his only loss since Jan­uary 2016.

Fer­nan­des, on the other hand, slipped to 22-4 as he ab­sorbed his first de­feat un­der the ONE Cham­pi­onship pro­mo­tion.

(ONE Cham­pi­onship im­ages)

Kevin ‘The Si­lencer’ Belin­gon, right, hits Brazil­ian star Bib­iano Fer­nan­des with a whistling right to the body dur­ing their uni­fi­ca­tion fight in Sin­ga­pore Fri­day night. Belin­gon out­pointed the Brazil­ian star to ex­act sweet re­venge.

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