MANILA, Philippines – Mixed martial artist Kevin Belingon is hoping to become the second Team Lakay fighter to own an MMA title when he faces grappling specialist Masakatsu Ueda in the One FC Bantamweight Grand Prix finals this May.
Belingon, nicknamed “The Silencer,” battered Vietnam’s Thanh Vu last April to clinch a seat in the finals of the bantamweight grand prix.
He clipped Vu with a huge left hand before finishing the Viet on the mat.
Ueda, on the other hand, gained a ticket to the finals by submitting former UFC light weight champion Jens Pulver in the other semifinals match.
Belingon is determined to follow the footsteps of his fellow Team Lakay fighter, Honorio Banario, who is the first Filipino fighter ever to hold a world MMA title.
“I’m not afraid of anyone, including him (Ueda),” said Belingon in the Philippine Star.
Belingon said he’s training hard to offset Ueda’s grappling skills.
“He’s a well-rounded fighter but I’m training to improve my submission and takedown skills as well,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to that fight.”
The Belingon-Ueda grand prix fight will be featured in One FC’s “Rise to Power” which takes place at the MOA Arena on May 31.
Banario‘s first featherweight title defense against Koji Oishi will be the main feature of the Rise to Power card.