MMA: Next match yet another stepping stone for title-seeking Kevin Belingon


Posted at Aug 11 2017 12:59 AM

Kevin Belingon believes a dominant win against Reece MacLaren could land him a title shot. Handout photo

Kevin Belingon feels he needs to make a statement when he crosses paths with former title contender Reece McLaren on August 18.

The Team Lakay stalwart said a victory over the Fil-Aussie fighter will bring him closer to another shot against ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil.

“My initial goal is to continue winning until I get closer to the title and become a champion,” Belingon said.

Belingon had his chance to vie for the title in January 2016 when he challenged Fernandes. But things did not go his way as the Brazilian champion swiftly submitted him with a Kimura in the opening stanza.
He then took several months off before re-emerging last October and dealing Muin Gafurov’s second professional loss. Belingon followed it up with a sensational knockout victory over Finnish Toni Tauru in April.
According to Belingon, defeating McLaren in decisive fashion may strengthen his bid to get a rematch with Fernandes.
“I believe I will face Bibiano Fernandes if I can defeat Reece McLaren impressively. My dream of finally becoming a world champion is still there. It still lives in my heart. My upcoming bout is another journey to elevate my status as a contender for the title,” he said.

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