ONE: Kevin Belingon willing to face Bibiano Fernandes again
SINGAPORE — Kevin Belingon said he would be willing to face Bibiano Fernandes for the third time shortly after the Filipino star avenged his opening-round loss in their first meeting two years ago.
Belingon earned a split decision win over Fernandes late Friday night to become the undisputed bantamweight champion in the headliner of ONE: Heart of the Lion at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.
“I’m a fighter, I’m a professional so I will take any fight,” he said.
It was a close fight between the two in their rematch with both fighters having their moments.
Fernandes scored several takedowns throughout the fight and a couple of armbar attempts while Belingon showed his much-improved ground defense as well as his lethal striking that was punctuated by a solid counter right hand that decked Fernandes late in the fourth round.
“I’m confident with my ground game. I was calm even when he was on top of me,” Belingon said.
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