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Belingon finds redemption, captures title

Kevin Belingon had waited a thousand days—1,021 to be exact—to get back at Bibiano Fernandes.

He didn’t mind waiting another 25 minutes.

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On Friday night, inside a Singapore Indoor Stadium filled to the rafters, the Team Lakay bantamweight finally put an end to his agonizing wait for redemption.

Belingon became the undisputed bantamweight champion after dethroning long-reigning champion Fernandes in five rounds via split decision.

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“Of course, I’m overjoyed,” Belingon told the Inquirer in Filipino. “I prepared for this, especially with my grappling. We were wary of his take-down savvy. I was hoping to bring the fight into the striking spectrum since I thrive there.”

The 31-year-old Ifugao native snapped Fernandes’ 14-fight winning streak that has spanned for seven years and gave Belingon the chance to bury the ghost of a submission loss to Fernandes in Jan. 23, 2016, in China.

Belingon masterfully slipped out of multiple submission traps set by the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, thanks to an improved ground game. Prior to the tussle, Belingon billed the rematch as a “BJJ vs BJJ” showcase.

“I wouldn’t say you can now tag ‘Baguio jiu-jitsu’ as ‘world-class,’” he said. “Improved is more like it.”

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