A pretty hectic weekend for Australian fighters competing internationally five fighters scheduled to compete in three events over the weekend. The first being New South Wales based Thanh Vu who will look at earning himself a tournament final position when he faces Kevin Belingon.
Training out of the Martial Arts Development team, the youngster progressed to the semi-final stage with a dominating first-round victory over Mohd Fouzein back in February.
Join Fight News Australia as we bring you the play-by-play action of the fight as it happens. We will also cover the other tournament semi-final where former UFC champion Jens Pulver comes up against Masakatsu Ueda.
The action gets underway from Singapore at 9pm AEDT on Friday night with Thanh Vu vs Kevin Belingon expected to be the seventh fight on the card. The event is being shown via Pay-per-view for US $9.99 on Livesport.tv
Thanh Vu (3-1) vs Kevin Belingon (10-2)
Fighters touch gloves to start the action. Vu definitely has the height advantage as the two exchange leg kicks. Nice body kick by Belingon. Follows up with further lightning quick leg kicks. Another leg kick trips Vu, but the Martial Arts Development fighter pops straight back to his feet as the two exchange punches. Belingon capitalises and gets the take-down but Vu pops back to his feet shortly after. Another single-leg take-down, and Belingon is in side-control against the cage. Vu attempts to scramble and regains half-guard. Belingon connects with some short strikes before the referee stands them up just before the round ends.
Belingon connects early in the second round with a kick which clips & rocks Vu. Belingon follows up and connects with a combination of strikes that knocks down Vu with the referee Kenichi Sherizawa choosing to jump in to save Vu from any further punishment. Vu immediately questioned the stoppage as he was moving in on a take-down as the fight was stopped, but as he had one arm around the referee’s leg, and the other around his opponent’s leg, I will side with the referee on the stoppage. The end came at 1:00.
Official Verdict: Kevin Belingon def Thanh Vu via TKO (Punches), Rd 2, 1:00