MMA: Kevin Belingon sets priorities — Bibiano Fernandes first, then Martin Nguyen

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2020 08:55 PM

Team Lakay fighter Kevin Belingon acknowledged he is interested to take on ONE featherweight king Martin Nguyen in a rematch.

But the former undisputed ONE bantamweight champion said he first wants to settle a score with Bibiano Fernandes first before climbing in weight.

“Let’s get one thing clear. Right now, my mind is on getting another shot at the bantamweight belt. That’s where my main focus is,” said Belingon.

“I just feel I have unfinished business here. I’m looking at another fight with Bibiano, and I’m willing to go through anyone to get it.”

Belingon beat Fernandes in 2018 to become the undisputed champion. He was disqualified for illegal strikes in the third bout in March 2019, surrendering the belt back to Fernandes in controversial fashion. Months later, Fernandes submitted Belingon in the first round to own the edge in their series. 

Belingon and Nguyen crossed paths in 2018 for the interim bantamweight title. The agile Filipino dominated that bout, coming away with a five-round unanimous decision victory.

“Martin [Nguyen] is just a great striker, and a good fighter overall. He’s very skilled and powerful, and he has great timing. I can’t say much about his weaknesses, because there are very little. I was on my toes the entire time in our first fight,” Belingon said.

“If ONE Championship feels a fight between me and Martin would be good, I have no problem going up a division to featherweight. 

“There are bigger guys at featherweight, but I think I can handle them. It’s just that right now, bantamweight is my priority, so I’ll focus on that first.”

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