ONE: Belingon falls short in bid to recover bantam title vs Fernandes


Posted at Oct 13 2019 08:47 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2019 10:32 PM

Kevin Belingon lost in his attempt to reclaim the ONE bantamweight crown on Sunday night after yielding to Brazilian rival Bibiano Fernandes at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Japan in the co-main event of ONE: Century Part II.

Belingon was forced to tap out in the second round of their fourth face-off when Fernandes caught him in a rear naked choke.

The Team Lakay stalwart tried to keep the game on stand up but Fernandes repeatedly found his way to take the fight to the ground.

While underneath the Brazilian, Belingon found an opening for a kimura attempt. Fernandes, however, was quick to fend off the Filipino's move and quickly secured Belingon's back.

That's where Fernandes was able to sink in the arm below Belingon's chin and squeezed until the Filipino challenger was forced to tap out.

Fellow Team Lakay fighters Honorio Banario and Danny Kingad also lost in their respective bouts.

Banario was forced to submit to Japanese grappling wizard Shinya Aoki 54 seconds into their lightweight bout.

Despite putting up his best effort to defend himself against Aoki's takedown, the Japanese fighter was still able to find his way to bring the fight to the mat.

Aoki was able to grab hold of Banario's neck and execute a d'arce choke 4:05 remaining int he first round.

In ONE: Century Part I, Kingad fell short against former UFC fighter Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.

Johnson used his wrestling pedigree to overcome a strong effort from Kingad to win by unanimous decision. 

Mighty Mouse was relentless with his takedowns, showcasing his chain wrestling skills to constantly bring Kingad to the mat and earn the nods of all 3 judges.

Team Lakay's Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, on the other hand, had a break out debut.

The ONE Warrior Series contract winner scored a first-round technical knockout victory over former Pancrase champion Senzo Ikeda of Japan. 

Known for his striking, Adiwang showed off a different facet of his game as he scored an early takedown and immediately executed a scarf-hold armlock. 

The bout was stopped just moments later after Ikeda suffered an injury to his arm, giving the stoppage win to Adiwang.

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