Although he “accepted” his defeat to Kevin "Silencer" Belingon in the ONE bantamweight battle, erstwhile champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil claimed he "lost to the judges."
“Honestly, I don’t feel I lost that fight, so my conscience is very clear. I didn’t lose that fight. I didn’t lose to Kevin. I lost to the judges, but not to Kevin,” said Fernandes in MMA fighting.
Although Fernandes was able to repeatedly take down Belingon in the rematch over the weekend, the Filipino was able to consistently escape and prevent being submitted by the Brazilian grappler.
Belingon also scored points in striking, particularly with his spinning back kicks. In the fourth round, he even dropped Fernandes with a big right hand. The efforts earned Belingon the ONE bantamweight crown.
But Fernandes argued that he did more.
“When I look at the ONE judging criteria, what they count more, it’s near knockout or submission first, and then damage, control… When I saw it, I knew I won this fight. I almost submitted him three times,” he said.
“That punch he landed, I threw a kick and only had one foot on the ground when it hit me, so I lost balance. I waited for him to come, grabbed his leg and came back up. I know I won this fight.”
Fernandes said it is clear there has to be a third fight to settle the issue. He added he’s guaranteed a rematch since it was included in their contract.
“If I lost the belt, we would automatically do a rematch. I had that in my contract way before this fight. Especially in a loss like this, I’m glad I have this clause,” said Fernandes.
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