Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon has been keeping a low profile over the past few months, but a loud rumbling from the heart of Indonesia clearly got his attention.
This past weekend, Indonesian bantamweight “The Terminator” Sunoto issued a challenge to the Filipino knockout artist and broke down how he believes a mixed martial arts fight between them would play out.
Belingon – currently the division’s #2-ranked contender – heard the callout and quickly expressed mutual interest in the matchup.
That response is sure to delight Sunoto, who is eager to meet “The Silencer” inside the Circle.
He knows a victory over Belingon would “elevate” his name in the sport, bring him closer to a ONE World Title opportunity, and prove that Indonesians can beat highly regarded athletes from one of Asia’s leading camps.
What’s more, a win would allow “The Terminator” to avenge a prior loss. When he was competing in the featherweight division back in 2016, he fell to Team Lakay’s Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly via third-round TKO.
Now competing exclusively in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division, Sunoto has no intention of moving back up in weight, which eliminates any chance of a rematch with “The Ferocious.”
However, the East Java native would be equally satisfied with a victory over one of Kelly’s star teammates.
“[If I beat Belingon], it is redemption and proof that Indonesia is capable of beating Team Lakay,” Sunoto said.
A matchup between Belingon and Sunoto hasn’t been booked by the matchmaking committee, but since both athletes appear interested, perhaps it could become a reality in the near future.
Stay tuned to ONEFC.com for more updates on this development.