Kevin Belingon (left) was impressive against Spanish figher David Santacana. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – A victory against the highly touted Kim Dae-hwan this March will bring Filipino fighter Kevin Belingon closer to a world mixed martial arts (MMA) title shot at ONE FC.
The Singapore-based promotion has promised “The Silencer” that he will be strongly considered for a title challenge against ONE FC bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernades if he convincingly defeats Kim.
“A win against such a highly touted opponent will move him closer to a shot at the ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship currently held by Bibiano Fernandes,” ONE FC said in a statement.
Belingon will fight Kim at the co-main event of ONE FC: War of Nations, which will be held in Malaysia on March 14.
The Silencer came close to securing a mandatory title shot when he fought Masakatsu Ueda in the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix Final.
Belingon, however, lost a narrow decision to Ueda.
He, however, put on an astounding show at the "ONE FC: Moment of Truth" last December when he knocked the lights out of erstwhile unbeaten David Santacana. The victory was one of the highlights of the Manila card that took place at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After the victory, he was asked if he will be demanding a title shot against Fernandes. “It is up to ONE FC if they want to give me a title shot,” was his reply.
Belingon, however, will have to beat Kim first.
The South Korean made a successful debut at ONE FC last December by defeating Australian grappler Thanh Vu via submission.
He remains unbeaten in 9 professional MMA fights.