The One Championship Bantamweight title is going to be on the line at One Championship: A New Era as Kevin Belingon puts the gold up against Bibiano Fernandes.
Belingon (20-5-0) is making the first defense of the championship, which he won by defeating Fernandes in their second encounter at One Championship: Heart Of A Lion. Belingon is a former One Championship Interim Bantamweight Champion, defeating Martin Nguyen to win the gold at One Championship: Reign Of Kings. Belingon will enter the contest on the strength of a seven fight winning streak and he hasn’t suffered a defeat in over three years.
Fernandes (22-4-0) won the first encounter between Belingon and himself, with that victory coming by first round submission at One Championship: Dynasty Of Champions 5. Fernandes holds the record for the longest title reign in One Championship history, having held the bantamweight title for five-plus years. Fernandes has suffered four losses as a professional MMA fighter, with two of them coming to a pair of UFC veterans in Urijah Faber and Kid Yamamoto.
One Championship: A New Era takes place on Sunday, March 31 from the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan with Eduard Folayang and Shinya Aoki headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on Bleacher Report Live.