ONE Championship has just announced the main event for ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, set for the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, 27 July. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Baguio City, Philippines will take on Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “With reigning bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes not available until later this year due to injury, Kevin Belingon and Martin Nguyen will square off for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship. It’s a great match-up between two heavy-handed power punchers, and one that will surely leave fans at the edge of their seats. Don’t miss ONE: REIGN OF KINGS when it hits Manila this July.”
Kevin Belingon, ONE Athlete, stated: “As one of the top bantamweights in ONE Championship, I am willing to take on all comers. It doesn’t matter to me who is the opponent. In fact, I am honored to face Martin Nguyen, a two-division world champion. If I can beat Martin, it would be huge. This is a great position I am in, and I am excited for this bout. It will be action-packed, for sure.”
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 18, 2018
Martin Nguyen, ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion, stated: “Bibiano [Fernandes] should watch this fight with a close eye. He knows who the rightful challenger is. It’s either me or Kevin, and I will be doing everything in my power to finish this one. This is a fan-friendly match-up between two aggressive, young beasts, and I can’t wait to lock horns with Kevin. There will be fireworks.”
Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the famed Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines is one of the country’s most talented martial artists. With a professional record of 18-5, the Filipino wushu champion and former world title challenger is known as a fierce competitor with the ability to finish opponents in a variety of methods.
Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon put on the performance of a lifetime in front of a boisterous hometown crowd, scoring a breathtaking TKO at 1:27 of round 2! #HeroesOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/JJJz2MEtBJ
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 20, 2018
The 30-year-old wushu stalwart owns eight huge knockouts on his resume, and is one of the most feared strikers in ONE Championship’s deep bantamweight division. In his last bout, Belingon overwhelmed former world title challenger Andrew Leone to win by scintillating second-round knockout. Belingon will now face Martin Nguyen for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship.
Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen is one of the most highly-regarded martial arts world champions. With an impressive 11-2 professional record, which includes three submissions and seven knockouts, Nguyen’s well-around skill set allows him to perform at the highest level of competition.
10 of Nguyen’s 11 wins have come by exciting finish. In November of 2017, Nguyen scored a scintillating knockout victory over the Philippines’ Eduard Folayang to become the first man in the history of ONE Championship to hold two world titles simultaneously in different weight divisions, reigning as both ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 29, 2018
In his last bout, the 29-year-old came away with a close split decision against rising star Christian Lee in a successful defense of his featherweight world title. Nguyen makes a quick turnaround to face Kevin Belingon for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship.