The stage is set for the ONE Championship bantamweight title clash following the faceoff between holder Bibiano Fernandes and Kevin Belingon in Singapore on Wednesday.
The two went face-to-face for the first time since they first fought nearly 2 years ago. Their rematch will take place at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday.
“I trained very hard for the match this coming Friday. I’ve waited for a long time to face Bibiano Fernandes again. I am 100 percent ready and confident,” said Belingon, who strung together 6 sensational victories after losing to Fernandes the fight time around. “I will do my best to win this time.”
Fernandes vowed he will repeat against the Team Lakay fighter.
“I fought him in the past. I finished him before, and I will finish him again. I am ready for the war on Friday, and I am prepared to do my best,” he said.
The bout will serve as the main event of ONE: Heart of the Lion.
Also present during the press conference in Singapore are recently signed former UFC fighters Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez.
“I spent seven years in North America fighting the best in the world. I’ve never travelled to Asia to fight the best. I think now is the perfect time to do it,” said Johnson.
For his part, Alvarez said it feels good to be back in Asia.
“It was in Asia where I made a name for myself and started my career. Everything has come full circle for me. I can’t say how excited and grateful I am to be part of the ONE Championship family. This is where true martial arts lives. I’ve been away from Asia so long. It’s good to be back,” he said.
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