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Belingon to bank on strikes, takedown defense in title match against Fernandes

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By Ivan Saldajeno

CHANGSHA--For Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes could be vulnerable in the stand-up game, and that is something the Filipino challenger will try to exploit as they clash for the One bantamweight championship on Saturday at the Helong Stadium.

“I know where I can catch Fernandes and that's in the striking department,” Belingon said ahead of his quest to become the second Filipino world MMA champion for the new year, all in just a week.

He also assured his fans that he is also ready if Fernandes, the Brazilian champion who became an MMA sensation in the Philippines, brings their fight to his comfortable grappling style.

“He has a great ground game, but I'm working on my takedown defense and I'll look to hit him with something he won't see coming," Belingon continued.

He then vowed, "This opportunity is rare and I plan to make the most of it.... There will be no excuses on fight night. By the fight's end, my hand will be raised and I will be champion."

Aside from gunning for the One Championship gold, Belingon also looks to bring a good news to Team Lakay a week after stablemate Crisanto Pipitunge lost to fellow Filipino slugger Jenel Lausa for the PXC flyweight title at PXC 51.

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