Bibiano Fernandes submitted Kevin Belingon in the first round at ONE Dynasty of Champions to successfully defend his ONE Bantamweight World Championship in Changsa, China.
At the touch of gloves, they remained inside each others boxing range. It was clear that the two fighters had no business being on the outside and they wanted to enforce their gameplans early.
The champion was the first to strike as he slipped underneath a Belingon overhand right and secured a single leg takedown. Belingon, who is always active from his back attempted to block the transition from Bibiano Fernandes, but Fernandes smoothly moved around into side control. Fernandes applied heavy top pressure to the challenger from this position but surprisingly, Belingon bridged upwards with his hips and shook off Fernandes.
Before he could retreat, though, the champion had snatched Belingon’s leg again before dragging him back down to the mat. After resting in half guard with two under hooks, Fernandes shifted his hips upwards and attempted to pass. Belingon seemed comfortable on his back with the jiu-jitsu expert and waited for an opportunity to shoot back to his feet. He waited too long, however, and Fernandes glided into side control while maintaining a strange underhook on Belingon’s right leg.
Fernandes’ side control definitely wasn’t a traditional one. He rested in the position that closely resembled Eddie Bravo’s ‘Twister Side Control’, just without the elbow jammed under Belingon’s armpit. From here, he attempted mount but Belingon blocked his attempt. Belingon remained active with his legs while Fernandes stayed in side control and managed to trap one of Fernandes’ arms, but even with this, it’s hard to shake the champion.
Fernandes had now pushed Belingon back into the cage and from here he stepped over the head of Belingon before securing the kimura.
It was yet another impressive victory from the Brazilian, who had now defended his ONE Bantamweight World Championship four consecutive times.