ONE Championship: Kevin Belingon stops Andrew Leone to earn bantamweight title shot

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) Filipino fighter Kevin Belingon scored an emphatic victory to earn a title shot for the ONE Championship bantamweight crown on Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.

With a shot at the bantamweight title on the line, the pressure was high for contenders Kevin Belingon and Andrew Leone in the main event.

Belingon wasted no time looking for a knockout blow in the opening round.

Leone found himself in a tough spot after being taken down by the Filipino fighter midway through first round.

Belingon landed a vicious knee which opened up a large cut on Leone's brow as a result.

After being attended to by the physician, Leone was cleared to continue and held on until the second round.

A sweeping back kick from Belingon early in the second round saw Leone hit the canvas once again.

The Filipino fighter then delivered a flurry of punches and knees to the American's head, prompting the referee to put a stop to the fight.

Giorgio Petrosyan outclasses Jo Nattawut

In the co-main event Thailand's Jo Nattawut fell to Italy's Giorgio Petrosyan in a ONE Super Series kickboxing match.

Both competitors started out aggressively in the opening round, neither Petrosyan and Nattawut backing down.

The Italian came out stronger in the second round, backing his opponent to the ropes on multiple occasions.

But Nattawut would land a few heavy blows of his own before the final round.

The final round saw Petrosyan rattle his Thai foe, but was unable to lay him out on the canvas.

The bout went the distance, with the judges all favoring Petrosyan.

Official results for ONE: HEROES OF HONOR

  • Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Andrew Leone by TKO (Strikes) at 1:27 minutes of round 2
  • ONE Super Series Kickboxing catchweight bout (70.0kg): Giorgio Petrosyan defeats Jo Nattawut by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Lightweight bout: Honorio Banario defeats Adrian Pang by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
  • ONE Super Series Muay Thai catchweight bout (67.0kg): Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defeats Fabio Pinca by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Featherweight bout: Marat Gafurov defeats Emilio Urrutia by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:34 minutes of round 1
  • Bantamweight bout: Dae Hwan Kim defeats Masakazu Imanari by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • ONE Super Series Muay Thai lightweight bout: Cosmo Alexandre defeats Elliot Compton by Knockout (KO) at 2:41 minutes of round 2
  • Catchweight bout (63.0kg): Akihiro Fujisawa defeats Kaji Ebin by Submission (Verbal) at 1:48 minutes of round 1
  • ONE Super Series Kickboxing catchweight bout (78.0kg): Regian Eersel defeats Brad Riddell by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Women's atomweight bout: Gina Iniong defeats Jenny Huang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Strawweight bout: Adrian Mattheis defeats Lan Ming Qiang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds