MANILA, Philippines – After a disqualification loss at ONE: A New Era, a split decision in November 2018, and another loss via submission in 2016, Kevin Belingon is looking for a decisive finish in his match against Bibiano Fernandes next month.
"The Silencer" will try to reclaim glory against "The Flash" when they face off on October 13 in Japan.
"It's hard to tell how it will end, but I'm looking for a knockout so that all talks will be settled," said Belingon. "It's hard to leave this to the judges, because there will be doubts there."
"I have to get that knockout win," he stressed.
In his last bout against the Brazilian standout, Belingon was confident that he would be able to defend his title with his powerful strikes.
But things went south after Belingon landed an accidental elbow to the back of Fernandes' head.
In what will be their fourth bout, Belingon feels that nothing can stop him from taking back his title.
"More than ever, I am familiar with Bibiano – his style, the way he moves. I already know what to expect and what I'll do in our fourth match," he said.
"For our game plan, I'm leaving it to coach Mark Sangiao so I can effectively counter his striking and takedowns," he added.
Belingon believes that he needs to restore order after his Team Lakay teammates lost their titles in their respective divisions.
When he enters the Circle again at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, he will draw inspiration from Joshua Pacio's victorious title rematch and use that as his own motivation to succeed.
"This is so important for us. If we get the belt back, I think it will prove that we're number one in Asia," said Belingon. "I am inspired by Joshua because he got his belt back. Now I have to get mine back and bring it home to Baguio."
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