ONE: Belingon to adjust defense ahead of rematch vs Fernandes

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2019 06:17 PM

Kevin Belingon will take on Bibiano Fernandes for the fourth time in October. Handout photo

Former ONE bantamweight champion Kevin Belingon is starting early with his preparations against Brazilian nemesis Bibiano Fernandes whom he will be facing for the fourth time in October.

Belingon lost his title via a controversial disqualification when he accidentally hit Fernandes at the back of his head last March.

This time, he wants to make sure there will be no controversy and that he will end up as the victor.

"Masaya ako at nabigyan ako ng rematch kay Bibiano Fernandes. Nagkaroon ako ulit ng chance na makuha ulit ang title," said Belingon.

Although the fight ended abruptly, the "Silencer" already knows what to expect in their fourth clash.

"After ng laban namin nung March medyo naging familiar na 'ko sa galaw niya. 'Yun nga ang weapon talaga niya, 'yung takedown at ground game niya. Iyon ang isa sa pinaghahandaan natin," he said.

What Belingon wants to add into his arsenal, however, is a solid defense.

The Team Lakay stalwart noticed that Fernandes has recently been upping his ante when it comes to striking despite his world-class ground game.

"Kailangang dadagan ko 'yung depensa. Nung unang round pumasok 'yung suntok niya. 'Yun ang babantayan rin natin 'yung depensa natin," he said.

"Noong mga nakaraang laban niya bumabato rin siya ng sipa, suntok. 'Yun lang medyo hindi ko na-calculate ang distance kaya nasingitan."

Belingon will be squaring off with Fernandes at ONE: Century, which will take place on October 13 in Tokyo, Japan.

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