ONE Championship crowned its new undisputed bantamweight champion at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. It was the organization’s second and last event in the country in 2018.
In the main event of the evening, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines ended the near five-year reign of now former belt holder Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil to successfully unify the bantamweight titles. Representing Team Lakay, the Filipino challenger employed a terrific game plan, attacking the Brazilian defending champion’s body with thudding spinning back kicks while connecting on fiery boxing combinations.
Fernandes did his best to take the action to the ground but Belingon showed much improved grappling skills. After five rounds of action, the Team Lakay fighter took home the victory via split decision and was crowned the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion.
“Bibiano [Fernandes] is a very tough opponent,” Belingon stated. “I really had a hard time beating him tonight. 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 newly crowned undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion continued. “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.”
Here is the complete list of “ONE: Heart of the Lion” results:
- MMA Featherweight bout: Anthony Engelen defeats Meas Meul by Knockout (KO) at 0:39 of round 1
- MMA Bantamweight bout: Xie Bin defeats Hisyam Samsudin by Submission (D’arce Choke) at 3:19 of round 1
- MMA Bantamweight bout: Shuya Kamikubo defeats Muhammad Aiman by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Muangthai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Panicos Yusuf by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- MMA Strawweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Himanshu Kaushik by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:45 minutes of round 2
- MMA Featherweight bout: Garry Tonon defeats Sung Jong Lee by Submission (Guillotine) at 2:04 of round 2
- ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Alaverdi Ramazanov defeats Andrew Miller by Knockout (KO) at 0:57 of round 1
- ONE Super Series Muay Thai Featherweight bout: Jo Nattawut defeats George Mann by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds.
- MMA Lightweight bout: Adrian Pang defeats Kota Shimoishi by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 5:00 of round 1
- MMA Women’s Strawweight bout: Tiffany Teo defeats Michelle Nicolini by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catch Weight bout (71.0kgs): Giorgio Petrosyan defeats Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- MMA Catch Weight bout (72.0kgs): Christian Lee defeats Kazuki Tokudome by TKO (Strikes) at 3:07 of round 1
- ONE Bantamweight World Championship bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Bibiano Fernandes by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
Watch all the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” bouts here: