After two years, reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of Baguio City, Philippines is finally facing reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Amazonas, Brazil again. Their rematch will be the co-main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018.
“I know that nothing will get easier and I have to work twice as hard to prepare for the biggest bout of my life,” Belingon stated. “This is a career-defining bout for me. I am laser focused on coming into this fight in the best shape ever, and I am working triple on my preparations.”
Fernandes defeated Belingon during their first encounter on January 23, 2016 at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions 5” at the Helong Stadium in Changsha, Hunan, China. The Filipino fighter said, “I am super excited.”
“Finally the long wait is over and now I’m fighting Bibiano Fernandes for the undisputed bantamweight title,” Belingon added. “Ever since the night I lost to him the first time in China, this moment has been all that I have looked forward to. Every opponent, every challenge that I have faced since then, has brought me here. This is what I have worked extremely hard for.”
Representing Team Lakay, Belingon holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 19 wins and 5 losses. The last opponent he lost to was Fernandes, who now has 22 wins and 3 losses.
“Coming to Singapore, I know it’s neutral ground but I am grateful for every Filipino who shows their support,” Belingon said. “I am doing this for myself, and for the honor of my country. I will not leave anything to chance. I will take control of my destiny and I am definitely looking to finish this fight within the distance.”
According to Belingon, he has upgraded his skills where necessary. The Baguio City native shared, “This time around, things will be different.”
“I am a completely different fighter,” the Team Lakay fighter declared. “I know the mistakes I made in the first bout. This is my chance to erase that memory. See you inside the cage Bibiano.”
Here is a clip featuring Belingon and Fernandes:
Ticket information for ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.