Belingon stuns Brazilian for ONE crown
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.
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.