Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, of the Philippines will challenge ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 39, of Brazil at “ONE: Century 世紀” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. This is the fourth time the two mixed martial artists are competing in the ONE Championship cage.
Happening on October 13, 2019, “ONE: Century 世紀” marks the 100th live event of ONE Championship. It also marks the second time Belingon and Fernandes are battling it out in Japan.
On October 18, 2013, Fernandes became the second ONE Bantamweight World Championship titleholder by dethroning Soo Chul Kim, 27, of South Korea at “ONE: Total Domination” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. On January 23, 2016, the Brazilian champ submitted Belingon during their first encounter at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions” at the Changsa Stadium in Changsa, China
On November 9, 2018, Belingon challenged Fernandes again at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, the Filipino challenger won via split decision.
On March 31, 2019, Fernandes challenged Belingon for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship belt at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. The Filipino defending champion was disqualified due to illegal elbow strikes so the title was given to the Brazilian challenger.
Along with the fourth ONE Championship bout between Belingon and Fernandes at “ONE: Century 世紀” is the rematch between ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore and ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China. Xiong will make an attempt to be become a two-division title by challenging Lee in the atomweight division.
Moreover, ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar will defend his title against ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of the Philippines. Aung is also reigning as the ONE Middleweight World Champion.
Also on the “ONE: Century 世紀” card are four Japan Super Bouts, with four Shooto World Champions going head-to-head with four Pancrase World Champions in a never-before-seen showdown. The winner of each contest walks away with a US$50,000 prize.
Meanwhile, here is Belingon’s signature Ifugao dance ring walkout: