Kevin Belingon unifies the ONE bantamweight belt

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With a split decision win, Kevin Belingon leaves the door open for a trilogy match. Photo: One Championship.

Filipino warrior Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon captured the One bantamweight world title after edging out defending champion Bibiano Fernandes in a five-round thriller in Singapore.

Belingon and Fernandes faced off in a unification battle in the main event of ONE: Heart Of The Lion in the Lion City, with Belingon looking to upgrade his interim title for the full version and in the process avenge his first-round submission defeat to “The Flash” in their first title fight meeting back in January 2016.

Belingon went away after that humbling defeat, improved his game and returned to compile a six-fight win streak to win the interim title and book himself into a rematch with Fernandes.

And the second time proved to be a charm for “The Silencer” whose vastly-improved takedown and submission defence proved crucial as he earned a split-decision victory over the Brazilian to give Team Lakay yet another ONE World Champion in a remarkable year for the Baguio City stable.

Belingon threw an arsenal of attacks at Fernandes.

In the co-main event, Christian Lee picked up arguably the most important win of his career after defeating Japan’s Kazuki Tokudome via technical knockout in the first round. Lee weathered Tokudome’s takedown efforts in the opening moments of the bout before landing a solid right straight that dropped his Japanese opponent to the canvas. Lee finished the task at hand by raining down piston-like ground shots, forcing the referee to step in and wave it off.

The legendary Giorgio Petrosyan once again showcased his exceptional kickboxing pedigree, putting on a striking masterclass to defeat Muay Thai star Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy via unanimous decision.

Female strawweight contender Tiffany Teo played it smart against grappling ace Michelle Nicolini. Photo: One Championship.

Female strawweight contenders Tiffany Teo of Singapore and Michelle Nicolini of Brazil put on an absolute show for 15 minutes. While Nicolini showcased her world-class grappling, it was Teo who kept her opponent on the end of some powerful striking combinations. After three rounds of gruelling action, Teo took home the hard-earned victory by unanimous decision.

Australia’s Adrian “The Hunter” Pang triumphantly returned to the winner’s circle with a technical knockout victory over Japan’s Kota Shimoishi. Pang, showcasing his incredible toughness and durability, punished Shimoishi both on the feet and on the ground with heavy strikes in the first round. Unfortunately, Shimoishi was unable to answer the call for the second round, and Pang was awarded the stoppage win.

Pang Power: “The Hunter” forced a doctors stoppage after the second round.

Two-division Lion Fight World Champion “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut overcame a tremendous size disadvantage to pick apart Scotland’s George Mann en route to a dominant unanimous decision victory. The smaller Nattawut did a masterful job of negating the much taller Mann’s reach by connecting on blistering combinations to keep the lanky Scotsman at bay from the first round to the final frame. In the end, Nattawut’s clinical display of technical striking was enough to have his hand raised in triumph.

Meanwhile grappling superstar Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon emerged triumphant in a featherweight contest against South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee. The multiple-time BJJ world champion showcased a much-improved striking arsenal for the majority of the bout before taking matters to the ground midway through the second round. On the mat, Tonon displayed his dangerous submission skills, quickly and effortlessly locking in the guillotine choke to claim the victory.

ONE: Heart Of The Lion – Official Results

ONE Bantamweight World Title Bout
Kevin Belingon defeats Bibiano Fernandes
Split decision

73kg Catchweight bout
Christian Lee vs Kazuki Tokudome
TKO (ground and pound) at 3:07 of R1

71kg Catchweight bout (ONE Super Series Kickboxing)
Giorgio Petrosyan defeats Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy
Unanimous decision

Women’s strawweight bout
Tiffany Teo defeats Michelle Nicolini
Unanimous decision

Lightweight bout
Adrian Pang vs Kota Shimoishi
TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of R1

Featherweight bout (ONE Super Series Muay Thai)
Jo Nattawut defeats George Mann
Unanimous decision

Bantamweight bout (ONE Super Series Muay Thai)
Alaverdo Ramazanov defeats Andrew Miller
Knockout (punch) at 0:57 of R1

Preliminary Card

Featherweight bout
Garry Tonon defeats Sung Jong Lee
Submission (guillotine choke) at 2:04 of R2

Strawweight bout
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Himanshu Kaushik
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:45 of R2

Bantamweight bout (ONE Super Series Muay Thai)
Muangthai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Panicos Yusuf
Unanimous decision

Bantamweight bout
Shuya Kamikubo defeats Muhammad Aiman
Unanimous decision

Bantamweight bout
Xie Bin defeats Hisyam Samsudin
Submission (D’Arce choke) 3:19 of R1

Featherweight bout
Anthony Engelen defeats Meas Meul
Knockout (head kick) at 0:39 of R1

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