Friday, March 14, 2014

Kevin Belingon Loses To Dae Hwan Kim In Kuala Lumpur At ONE FC: War Of Nations

Kevin Belingon failed to take home the bacon last night when he fought Dae Hwan Kim in the co-main event of ONE FC: War of Nations at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The South Korean drew the curtain on the Team Lakay fighter at the 4:39 mark of the very first round by submitting him via a rear-naked choke.

Belingon came out aggressive and was on offensive mode during most of the fight. He was throwing punches and kicks and was landing them on his adversary. He also scored a quick takedown but Kim was able to get back on his feet. He took Kim down again by slamming him on the mat. A scramble ensued and Kim ended up taking Belingon's back and submitting him with just 20 seconds remaining in the round.

Kim improves his record to 10-0-1 while Belingon drops to 12-4-0.

Belingon's loss once again highlights a common weakness among fighters from Team Lakay. They need to improve on their ground game. They need to bring their wrestling and grappling skills up to par with the competition.

Another common criticism on Team Lakay fighters is their impatience. They often come out too aggressive which opens them up to their opponents. Biding time is not on their vocabulary. We however have seen great improvements in this area in some of their fighters like Mark Eddiva who patiently dissected Jumabieke Tuerxun in Macau last month.

Belingon was on the upper hand while striking it out with Kim until that choke came. Belingon showed up to fight but you could say he made a mistake when he tried to grapple with Kim. He was phenomenal on his feet and was out-striking Kim. To quote an MMA fan from an online forum "Belingon would've won this fight if he took his time and fought Kim standing up."

Photo by ONE FC

Photo by ONE FC

Photo by ONE FC

Photo by ONE FC

Photo by ONE FC








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