Belingon still among the best even with loss

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


DESPITE the setback, Igorot bantamweight mix martial artist Kevin Belingon remains in the top ten of Asia’s best 61 kilogram fighters according to the website SamuraiLife.net.

Belingon recently bowed down to undefeated Korean Dae Hwan Kim in the co-headliner of One Fighting Championship: War of Nations on Friday, March 14 at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Team Lakay fighter from Baguio City appeared to have the upper hand in early exchanges, but Kim capitalized on an ill-advised submission attempt by Belingon.

Kim escaped the choke and applied a choke of his own, forcing Belingon to tap out, boosting his undefeated record to 10-0-1.

"HAGGIYO.....THANK YOU LORD for the protection, courage & strength that you gave me during my fight & Thank you everyone for the big support & prayers..., unfortunately I didn't bring home the victory but I'll be back stronger & better.....see you soon & GOD BLESS," said Belingon in his Facebook page.

The Ifugao native Belingon currently occupies the number six spot in the weight category with One FC champion Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes with a record of 15 wins and three losses. Japan's Masanori Kanehara is ranked second with a record of 23-10.

Occupying the 3rd to 5th spot are Korean Soo Chul Kim, Japanese Masaktsu Ueda and Kim.

Incidentally, the three fighters have one thing in common by defeating Belingon in the One FC cage while Masakazu Imanari, who is currently ranked 10th gave the Ifugao native his first loss in his mma career.

In seventh to ninth place in the top ten are Daiki Hata (Japan), Kenji Osawa (Japan), and American Yusup Saadulaev.

The 28 year old Saadulaev lost to Belingon during One FC’s Rise of Kings way back in October 2012.

One FC’s war of Nation once again wowed a sold out crowd in attendance with Nobutatsu Suzuki being crowned the inaugural One FC Welterweight world champion after scoring a unanimous decision against Brock Larson.

Larson quickly asserted his wrestling credentials by taking Suzuki down and landing several elbows in the first round but Suzuki enjoyed success with his accurate knees in the second round that had Larson scrambling for a takedown.

The third round was fairly tentative, with Suzuki attempting several knee strikes while Larson tried in vain to get a takedown.

Suzuki continued landing strikes to Larson’s midsection in the fourth and fifth rounds, prompting Larson to tempt Suzuki to compete with him on the ground. A disinterested Suzuki allowed Larson to stand back up on numerous occasions, only to continue dishing out significant strikes to Larson’s midsection.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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