MMA: Belingon out to avenge teammate’s loss vs Finland’s Tauru

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Posted at Mar 22 2017 05:15 PM

‘Silencer’ unfazed by Tauru’s height, longer reach

Bantamweight fighter Kevin Belingon whips out a kick against his opponent. Handout photo

MANILA – Team Lakay’s Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon has revenge on his mind ahead of his cage fight against Finland’s Toni “Dynamite” Tauru.

Tauru defeated Belingon’s teammate Geje Eustaquio last December, using a rear naked choke to snuff out “Gravity.” 

Belingon is confident that Tauru will have an even match this time when they meet at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 21 in the undercard of ONE: Kings of Destiny.

“Winning and losing are part of this beautiful sport. However, in this fight, he will face a natural bantamweight fighter. Geje is not a natural bantamweight. This time it will be an even playing field. Let’s see what he can do against me,” said the Silencer.

Belingon has been a bantamweight competitor since he started his mixed martial arts career in 2009, owning 19 professional bouts.

With an experienced pro record of 14-5, he is known as a fierce combatant with the ability to finish opponents in a variety of methods. The 29-year-old Baguio City native has five knockouts victories on his résumé and is one of the most feared strikers in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division.

“I’ve been a staple of this weight class for a long time. I’ve fought the best of the best. I know Toni Tauru’s caliber as a fighter. I am not taking this fight lightly. My focus is on walking away with my name being announced as the winner,” Belingon said.

Although Belingon believes that he will have his hand raised in triumph, many cageside pundits are worried that he might suffer Eustaquio’s fate when he faced Tauru three months ago. Tauru overwhelmed Eustaquio with his size and length advantage as the Finnish stalwart stands 5-foot-10 and has a reach of 70 inches.

With Tauru putting Belingon into a disadvantage in height and length, the Team Lakay representative bared that he has tapped taller training partners to prepare him for his opponent’s lanky physique.

“I am training with other Team Lakay standouts who are taller than me. I need to get used to it because Toni Tauru is long and rangy. He uses his length to his advantage,” he stressed.

Belingon also cited his speed and punching power as his primary arsenals to offset his Finnish counterpart’s leverage.

“Toni Tauru should be fully prepared for this fight. He may be taller than me, but I am going to come in there. He needs to stop what I am bringing,” he warned.

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