Victorious Kevin Belingon admitted he didn’t give Andrew Leone enough time to breathe when he saw an opening in the second round of their bantamweight fight in ONE: Heroes of Honor last Friday.
Belingon actually fought like a man possessed right after the opening bell, catching the American grappler with a series of stinging punches while effectively stopping Leone from scoring even a single takedown.
It was Belingon to put Leone on the ground. Once there, he rained elbows and knees on the American until he opened a cut over Leone’s left eye.
“Suntok lang ako at siko ng siko. Hinihintay ko lang i-stop ng referee,” recounted Belingon following his second round stoppage victory over Leone. “Nung pagkakita ko ng dugo sabi ko 'ito na yun, sana i-stop ng referee.'”
But the bout did end yet after the cut. The referee momentarily halted the fight to have the wound checked by the ring side doctor.
After the few seconds, Leone was allowed to continue.
Of course, the surprise wore off. This gave Leone the opportunity to defend himself up to the second round by using his wrestling skills.
What he didn’t expect, however, was Belingon’s flash spinning back kick that knocked the wind out of the American. It was all downhill for Leone from there.
“Nung first round parang maganda pa rin ang depensa niya, tapos sa second round nakuha ko ‘yung back kick. Tapos hindi ko na tinigilan sa ground,” said Belingon.
The victory allowed “The Silencer” to maintain his status as the number one contender to reigning bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes.
Belingon said he will return to the gym to stay prepared in case ONE Championship calls him up for that title shot.
“Sa amin lang sa gym, repetition lang yung sa basics especially sa wrestling tapos jiu-jitsu. Parang preparation na rin para sa title shot kung sakali,” he said. “Pero syempre inaantay lang natin ang decision ng ONE.”
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