It's five minutes after eleven in the evening on Friday, December 6, 2013. In the bowels of the SM Mall of Asia, Kevin Belingon is waiting for his Bantamweight bout against Spaniard David Aranda in ONE FC: Moment of Truth. It's the co-main event of the evening.
His coaches, Team Lakay's Mark Sangiao and Iranian wrestling mentor Ali Hyderabadi, stand beside him as Belingon shadow boxes while wearing a red Team Lakay jersey studded with sponsors logos.
He is shod in a rather curious choice of footwear: copper and silver colored running shoes.
Belingon is a picture of focus, his eyes gazing forward as he pumps the air with his chiseled arms. Dangling from his neck appears to be an ethnic-themed necklace. Belingon, from Kiangan, Ifugao, is certainly proud of his Igorot heritage.
Moments later Belingon emerges from the curtains to the deafening roar of the thousands of Filipinos packed in the Arena. On the TV monitor the coverage gives the skinny on Belingon, and the supers readRead More »from Behind the scenes at Kevin Belingon’s ONE FC victory