MMA: Belingon aims to finish Fernandes in trilogy bout

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Posted at Mar 21 2019 07:40 PM

Kevin Belingon hopes to halt Bibiano Fernandes when they meet for the third time. Handout photo

MANILA -- Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon knows he’s in for a tough match when he takes on Bibiano Fernandes for the third time in the co-main event of at ONE: A New Era in Japan this March 31.

Belingon will be defending his ONE bantamweight crown and he hopes to repeat against the Brazilian grappler.

“I know this is going to be the toughest bout of my career,” he said. “I have prepared well for him again. I think I know him very well now. It’s going to be a tough fight.”

Belingon and Fernandes first met back in January 2016 when the Team Lakay stalwart tapped to a kimura in the first round. 

In 2018, they met for a second time. This time, Belingon was ready for the Brazilian’s grappling, and the Filipino outperformed the champion to win via razor-thin split decision.

If Belingon can pull off another incredible performance, a victory would effectively and finaly put Fernandes in his rear view mirror. “The Silencer” cannot wait to put on a show for the fans in Tokyo, and to lay it all out inside the cage.

“I’m going for the finish. This time, when I see the opening, I’m going to take it,” said.

“I’m going to be aggressive and strong. With my Team Lakay brothers at cageside, I will have the strength and power to defeat him.”

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