Team Lakay and One Championship’s Kevin ‘the Silencer’ Bellingon comes out after being silent for more than a year and is optimistic about the upcoming 2016 for him.
“This year, I didn’t get a fight. The last fight I fought was back in December 2014. I was expecting one or two fights in 2015 but they (One Championship) didn’t give me a fight” said Bellingon said in Tagalog upon reflection on the year 2015.
One of the best and most exciting fighters to watch that came out from Team Lakay, Belingon is doing his best to be in top shape just in case One Championship calls up and asks him to fight.
“I was active in training just in case there is an ’emergency’ or just in case they (One Championship) calls me up to fight.”
But the long wait is over, Belingon confirms that he is talks with One Championship on what could be the biggest fight of his life – that is to contend for a One Championship title.
“This coming 2016, there is a scheduled fight. It could be a championship match against Bibiano Fernandes,” Belingon confirms but refused to release the date of the title match since it has not been finalized but hints that it may come in the 1st quarter of 2016.
Bibiano Fernandes is current One Bantamweight Champion and holds an 18-3 professional MMA record. Known as ‘the Flash’, Fernandes is currently on a 10-match winning streak with 6 of which are from One Championship organization.
With the looming title fight still yet to be confirmed, Belingon trains like never before in his life. His goal is to bring his country, city and (Igorot) tribe another world champion that they can be proud of.
“This is a title fight. I will prepare hard for this. Especially on my ground techniques… that is my focus,” said Belingon.
Even before One Championship called up for his availability, Belingon knew that this day would come that he would face an ‘old friend’ and has been watching a lot of Fernandes’ fights for him to learn and improve himself. Now, it will be different – he would be watching Fernandes’ matches to beat him.
“I think his weakness is his striking. I’m a striker so I will try to play my game. If I get on the ground with him, I would try to escape his attempts and if there is a chance – I would try to submit him.”
At present time, Belingon holds a 13-4 professional MMA record with his last win registered back in December 5, 2014 against Koetsu Okazaki in One Championship: Warrior’s Way.
Belingon currently considers Bibiano Fernandes as his good friend and with the match, their friendship will become closer.