Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines reclaimed his ONE Strawweight World Championship title on April 12, 2019. This inspires his Team Lakay teammate Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, of the Philippines to get back his ONE Bantamweight World Championship belt.
“I am inspired by Joshua because he got his belt back,” Belingon stated. “Now I have to get mine back and bring it home to Baguio.”
After a disqualification loss at “ONE: A New Era,” a split decision in November 2018, and another loss via submission in 2016, Belingon is looking for a decisive finish in his match against Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 29, of Brazil and reclaim his glory at “ONE: Century” on October 13, 2019 in Japan.
“It is hard to tell how it will end, but I’m looking for a knockout so that all talks will be settled,” Belingon said. “It’s hard to leave this to the judges because there would be doubts there. I have to get that knockout win.”
In the last bout against Fernandes, Belingon was confident he would be able to defend his title with his powerful strikes. Unfortunately, things went south because of an accidental elbow to the back of the Brazilian champs head.
In the upcoming fourth bout, Belingon is confident that nothing can stop him from taking back his title. He said, “More than ever, I am familiar with Bibiano, his style, the way he moves.”
“I already know what to expect and what I’ll do in our fourth match,” Belingon said. “For our game plan, I’m leaving it to coach Mark Sangiao so I can effectively counter his striking and takedowns.”
Belingon believes that he needs to restore order after his Team Lakay teammates lost their titles in their respective divisions. When he enters the Circle again at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, he will draw inspiration from Pacio’s victorious title rematch and use that as his own motivation to succeed.
“This is so important for us,” Belingon shared. “If we get the belt back, I think it will prove that we’re number one in Asia.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Pacio, Belingon and their Team Lakay teammates in 2018: