Friday, December 5, 2014

ONE FC 23 Results: Kevin Belingon Batters Japanese Foe Enroute To A Unanimous Decision Victory

Cordilleran mixed martial artist Kevin Belingon is back in the winning column after a dominant victory over Koetsu Okazaki of Japan last night. The two fought at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila in the undercard of One Fighting Championship 23: Warrior's Way.

The two fighters started off slow as they sized each other up. After a brief halt in the fight due to a low kick by Belingon that landed on Okazaki's groin, the two fighters started to heat up the fight a bit. The Japanese fighter got wobbled in one of the exchanges and Belingon rushed in to do some damage.

The second and third rounds were all Belingon's as he was more busy, was landing the more meaningful punches and leg kicks. He was also able to hurt Okazaki several times during the fight. He mixed his striking very well. He threw punches, leg kicks, back kicks and he defended well against counterattacks by the Japanese.
With the win, Belingon improves his record to 13 wins and 4 losses. Okazaki on the other hand drops to 10 wins and 4 losses.

Belingon fights in the featherweight division, an area currently being reigned upon by Bibiano Fernandez. The main event in the Manila card was a tussle between Fernandez and Dae Hwan Kim which the former won via submission.

Prior to beating Okazaki, Belingon squared off against Kim and he was doing great until he got caught with a rear-naked choke.
Image credit: One Fighting Championship
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