Kevin Belingon defeats Bibiano Fernandes at ONE Championship Heart of the Lion
Kevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes battle it out at ONE Championship Heart of the Lion / Pic: Supplied

ONE Championship

Asian promotion ONE Championship presented a mixed-fight bill comprising MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai matchups this past Friday (Nov. 9) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Bantamweight championship unification headlined the event featuring Kevin Belingon of the Philippines up against Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil.

“The Silencer” Belingon ended the near-five year reign of now former titleholder “The Flash” Fernandes. The scheduled for five rounds bout went the distance. Belingon took the the victory via split decision, and became a new undisputed champion.

“Bibiano [Fernandes] is a very tough opponent, I really had a hard time beating him tonight,” said Belingon after the fight. “I respect him very much, and it is an honor to fight such a tough fighter. I know Bibiano is very tough, but I think I deserve this victory. The game plan was to knock him out. We saw [a weakness] in his previous fight. I kept on giving him everything, but he has good defense.”

In the co-main event Kazuki Tokudome faced off Christian Lee at catchweight with the limit of 72 kg. The contest ended prior the final horn with the latter taking the first-round TKO win.

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.

Also on the card Giorgio Petrosyan scored a unanimous decision against Sorgraw Petchyindee. Petrosyan overwhelmed Sorgraw with his world-class boxing skills, unloading a barrage of thunderous punches while also displaying impeccable defense.

ONE Heart of the Lion results

Kevin Belingon def. Bibiano Fernandes by split decision
Christian Lee def. Kazuki Tokudome by TKO (Strikes, R1 at 3:07)
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy by unanimous decision
Tiffany Teo def. Michelle Nicolini by unanimous decision
Adrian Pang def. Kota Shimoishi by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage, R1 at 5:00)
Jo Nattawut def. George Mann by unanimous decision
Alaverdi Ramazanov def. Andrew Miller by KO (R1 at 0:57)
Garry Tonon def. Sung Jong Lee by Submission (Guillotine, R2 at 2:04)
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Himanshu Kaushik by submission (RNC, R2 at 4:45)
Muangthai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym def. Panicos Yusuf by unanimous decision
Shuya Kamikubo def. Muhammad Aiman by unanimous decision
Xie Bin def. Hisyam Samsudin by submission (D’arce Choke, R1 at 3:19)
Anthony Engelen def. Meas Meul by KO (R1 at 0:39)