There's more to Bibiano Fernandes than just grappling, says Mark Sangiao`
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 19, 2019 02:58 PM
“Kevin needs to tighten up his defense more. He also has to make Bibiano feel his power. That’s what we’re working on.” - Mark Sangiao (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
For years, opponents have feared Fernandes for his jiu-jitsu. But according to Mark Sangiao – Belingon’s head coach – a lot of people have overlooked the Bantamweight World Champion’s high-level boxing.
The power of “The Flash” was evident in their recent encounter when “The Silencer” was rocked with an overhand right. And it is something Sangiao he hopes his protégé will avoid when he meets the Brazilian in the co-main event of ONE: CENTURY PART II.
“Kevin was close to getting finished the last time out,” Sangiao admitted as they gear up for their fourth encounter with Fernandes on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
“Bibiano faked going low before unleashing a wild right. That’s what I noticed in their last match.”
Fernandes' boxing goes hand-in-hand with his renowned ground game according to the Team Lakay mentor.
A well-rounded mixed martial artist, the AMC Pankration representative has perfected mixing up his offense and can attack from anywhere.
“His boxing is always connected with his strategy when it comes to wrestling. When he throws something strong, expect him to come in,” Sangiao said.
“He’ll fake a shoot, then he’ll throw something strong. If you’re not ready for that then you’re in trouble.”
After three previous bouts against “The Flash,” Sangiao and his 31-year-old apprentice are familiar with Fernandes – and the Filipino coach promised not to make the same mistake again.
“Right now he has to be wary [about] defense,” Sangiao said.
“Kevin needs to tighten up his defense more. He also has to make Bibiano feel his power. That’s what we’re working on.”
As far as game plan and strategy, Sangiao vowed that Belingon is equipped for the test ahead of him.
“He’s in much better shape compared to last time,” Sangiao said. “Conditioning wise, I think he’s in better condition.”
Will Belingon end his rivalry against Fernandes as the winner? Find out at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
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