The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” card will feature two superfights. It will be headlined by two female world champions and co-headlined by two male world champions.
“ONE: Heart of the Lion” will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. In the co-main event, reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of Kiangan, Ifugao, Philippines will challenge reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
This will be a rematch between Fernandes and Belingon. The Filipino contender failed in his first attempt to dethrone the Brazilian champion at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions 5” on January 23, 2016 at the Helong Stadium in Changsha, Hunan, China.
Fernandes trains at AMC Pankration. He currently holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 22 wins and 3 losses.
The last time Fernandes lost in the cage was on December 31, 2010 when he lost to Hiyoyuki Takaya at “K-1: Dynamite!! Power of Courage 2010” at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. From 2011 to 2018, the Brazilian champion won 14 bouts consecutively.
On the other hand, Belingon represents Team Lakay and now has 19 wins and 5 losses. Since the loss to Fernandes, the Ifugao native won six bouts consecutively.
In the main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of Shandong, China will defend her title against ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore in a super-bout. If the latter wins, she will become the third two-division world champion of ONE Championship.
The first ONE Championship athlete to hold two division titles simultaneously was reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam. The second one was reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar.
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Belingon and Fernandes: