ONE Championship officials will bring the cage to Baguio City in the Philippines for ONE: Reign of Kings on July 27.
In the main event from the Mall of Asia Arena will be Kevin Belingon vs. Martin Nguyen for the interim bantamweight title.
Also, Shannon Wiratchai faces former champion Shinya Aoki and Renzo Gracie battles Yuki Kondo in his retirement bout.
“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 championship,” ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong said. “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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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 featherweight and lightweight belts. 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 title.
“Bibiano (Fernandes) should watch this fight with a close eye. He knows who the rightful challenger is,” Nguyen said. “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.”