ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of Ifugao, Philippines is not the only fighter eyeing for the throne of the ONE Championship bantamweight division. “Rock Man” Chen Lei, 29, of Changsha, Hunan, China is also looking forward to face the reigning champion, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
“I am undefeated so far, and have a world championship as my goal,” Chen declared. “I want to take the ONE Championship belt, make history, and show people everything is possible. As long as you dare to believe and work hard for your dreams, you will succeed.”
Chen has fought four opponents in ONE Championship and finished all of them. In his promotion debut at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” on May 26, 2017, he knocked out Jeremy “Predator” Meciaz, 26, of Indonesia via punches.
According to Chen, he will not stop until he captures the ONE Bantamweight World Championship title. The Changsha native said, “I really believe I can accomplish any goal I have for myself in the cage or ring.”
The undefeated Chinese fighter submitted Saiful “The Vampire” Merican, 29, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia via armbar at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” on August 5, 2017 and knocked out Burn “Hitman” Soriano, 32, of Ilocos Sur, Philippines via punches at “ONE: Hero’s Dream” on November 3, 2017. In Chen’s most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” on June 29, 2018, he knocked out “Lycanthrope” Ahmad Qais Jasoor, 28, of Kabul, Afghanistan via strikes.
On September 8, 2018, Chen will compete against “Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman, 23, of Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Sports Center in Shanghai, China. The Malaysian contender is riding a two-bout winning streak.
Although Chen’s first four matches under the ONE Championship banner exceeded expectations, the undefeated Chinese MMA fighter believes that it is only the beginning as he continues to showcase his dedication to the sport. He stressed that he treats his upcoming bout as the next step in his martial arts journey by squaring off with a fellow exciting competitor like Aiman.
“I have finished every opponent I have fought so far,” Chen said. “For me, there is nothing difficult about this. Train hard, fight easy. That phrase couldn’t be more true.”
Meanwhile, watch the bout between Chen and Soriano here: