MMA: Kevin Belingon on weapons he'll use vs ONE champ — ‘Expect a big shot’

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 27 2018 11:30 AM

Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon feels confident about his chances against Martin Nguyen that he's not afraid to use the maneuver that led to Eduard Folayang's lightweight title defeat to the now 2-division champion.

Belingon said he won't hesitate to use the spinning back kick, the same move used by his fellow Team Lakay fighter, when the latter got timed with Nguyen's overhand right that ended Folayang's lightweight title reign.

The Belingon-Nguyen bout is the main event of the ONE: Reign of Kings card at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.

"Spinning kick is my signature. I'm going to show that on Friday," the bantamweight title contender said in an interview with ONE's Mitch Chilson.

The spinning back kick is just one of Belingon's weapons, as he's also known to pack some serious power in his hand.

What Belingon guarantees though is that he's going to hurt Nguyen.

"Expect a big shot. I'm going for the knockout, I'll try to do that if I get the opportunity," he said.

But the Baguio-based fighter said he won't be motivated by revenge even if the Australian-Vietnamese beat teammates Folayang and Edward Kelly.

Belingon said he'll put his emotions aside in the spirit of competition.

"Of course I want to win against Martin. But revenge? No revenge. I'll go out there to show my skills, sportsmanship and win the fight," he said.

Belingon and Nguyen, the reigning featherweight and lightweight champion, will square off for the interim bantamweight crown.

Belingon said that, although he has never experienced reaching the championship rounds yet, he trained hard to last for 5 rounds.

"The height in Baguio helped a lot in my endurance and I trained hard to go five rounds," he said. "But hopefully I'll finish him early so it won't go the distance."

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