‘Only a bruised ego’: All is well for Belingon despite third straight loss

Published November 14, 2020, 5:20 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Photos by ONE Championship

Compared to the crises faced by the Philippines right now, Kevin Belingon’s recent loss to Brazilian John Lineker in ONE Championship is just the tip of the iceberg.

Team Lakay’s Belingon assured the public in a Facebook post Saturday that the medical team had him cleared after sustaining two cuts near his left eye from the vicious punches of Lineker.

“All is well. Only a bruised ego,” said Belingon after suffering a technical knockout defeat in the second round of ONE Inside the Matrix III at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday night. “We’ll get back there at the top in God’s time.”

Being the fighter he is, Belingon instead focused his energy on aiding his countrymen in these trying times as Typhoons “Rolly” and “Ulysses” left a trail of destruction in Metro Manila and nearby regions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former ONE bantamweight champion vowed to be part of the helping community as the heavy rainfall also caused hefty damage in his hometown Ifugao in the northern mountains of Cordillera.

“I am not happy with my performance but it will be an embarrassment to be sulking on this kind of loss when some of our countrymen that were hit by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses have just experienced greater losses,” said the Team Lakay stalwart. “They have lost a love one, their house, and their living.”

“Ulysses” already left the Philippine area of responsibility Friday morning, leaving low-lying areas flooded and over P5 billion worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture based on preliminary reports.