PH’s Belingon beefs up conditioning for Ueda bout

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Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon said that high-peak conditioning is the key for him to beat Masakatsu Ueda in the bantamweight grand prix finals of One Fighting Championship: Rise to Power on May 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

A fearsome stand-up fighter from the famed Lakay Wushu stable of Baguio City, Belingon wants the ONE FC interim bantamweight crown so he can face Korean bantamweight champion Soo Chul Kim in a title fight.

“I really need to work very hard to develop total strength and power,” Belingon said. “I’m not relying only on bodyweight exercises but also on weightlifting routines like squats, dead lifts and shoulder exercises to develop my inner strength.”

“Besides the ability to move your own body weight, you must also have the power to push or pull weights that are heavier than your usual weight to gain advantage in grappling and takedowns,” he added.

Belingon supplements his strength training with roadwork to ensure he won’t run out of gas comes fight night, “How can you sustain your strength and speed if you cannot last long? That’s how it should work. The longer you stay inside the octagon, the more stamina you need,” said Belingon.

While Belingon is a known striker because of his sanshou (wushu contact fighting) foundation, Ueda is considered an all-around fighter who is dangerous in both stand-up fighting and ground grappling.

Josef T. Ramos

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