Kevin Belingon gets invitation from Bibinano Fernandes after ONE: CENTURY bout
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 17, 2019 11:04 AM
“He said, ‘You need to get someone to improve your jiu-jitsu. I can help you. Come to Vancouver.’ I said thanks, and he told me that he believes I’m going to be a champion again.” - Kevin Belingon (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
The epic rivalry between ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes and Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon finally came to an end after the pair met inside the Circle for a historic fourth encounter at ONE: CENTURY PART II.
Belingon failed to reclaim the ONE Bantamweight World Title as he succumbed to Fernandes by rear-naked choke in the second round of their match on Sunday, 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
The Team Lakay standout saw the Brazilian after their match and the two left their rivalry in the past.
“We met in a restaurant after the fight, we had spent some time talking,” Belingon said.
“He said, ‘You need to get someone to improve your jiu-jitsu. I can help you. Come to Vancouver.’ I said thanks, and he told me that he believes I’m going to be a champion again.”
The 31-year-old was delighted to hear that from his rival – after all, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made Belingon tap twice in two of their four contests.
“He came in better prepared. He knew that the fight was going to hit the ground early on. Of course, I was trying hard to keep it standing up because I know it’s either I’ll knock him out or he’ll submit me,” “The Silencer” said.
“In the second round, I was going for leg kicks then I switched it up stairs. I was hoping to catch him on the head while he was going for the takedown, but their game plan was much more effective.”
It has been a rollercoaster ride for "The Silencer" this past year, having lost both of his matches in 2019.
For now, he wants to take a short break and then help his teammates who will be competing in ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November in their home country.
“I’ll rest for a bit, then I am back in the gym to help out my teammates who’ll be fighting in November,” Belingon said.
“Then I’ll be back to normal training, just so I’m much more prepared for whoever I’ll be facing.”
“It’s back to basics so I can climb my way up the ladder once more,” he added.