2012 World MMA Flyweight Scouting Report: #10 - Kevin Belingon

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Name: 22px-flag_of_the_philippines Kevin Belingon
Nickname: The Silencer
Age: 24
Height: 5'5"
Location: Manila, Philippines

Relegated to the honorable mention spot on this year's bantamweight report, Filipino striker Kevin Belingon (9-0) has finally convinced us that he's worthy of a spot on our countdown... at flyweight. Standing at 5'5" tall, it's sensible to believe Belingon will eventually make the transition to 125 lbs. If his small stature wasn't enough of a hint, the birth of the UFC's own flyweight division is surely the extra motivation he needs to cut the weight.

It isn't, however, a requirement. After all, Belingon has performed admirably at 135 lbs., amassing an undefeated record of nine wins that includes a victory over twenty-plus fight veteran Justin Cruz (18-4) in only his fourth professional bout. Unfortunately, the recurring theme with fighters from the Philippines has been the lack of challenging competition, and Belingon is no exception. His record is littered with sub-par opposition.

Luckily, that's all about to change when he kicks off his newly-signed contract with One Fighting Championships in March against Japanese legend Masakazu Imanari. It will be the toughest test of his career, not only because Imanari's experience, but because Imanari's style clashes with Belingon's striking-centric offense.

While his ground tactics aren't on the level of a novice, Belingon lacks savvy submission prowess or an effective offense off his back. From top control, he can work over opponents with a competent ground and pound attack, but he still lacks diversity on the canvas.

Belingon excels on the feet, however, utilizing his Wushu roots to beat opponents with speed and ferocity in the striking department. If he can avoid Imanari's trickery and takedown game, Belingon has a solid chance at upsetting the favorite. If he loses, the cut down to 125 lbs. may become more enticing.

We're convinced that Belingon will eventually find his way into the flyweight division. A loss will likely press the issue, but Belingon can't be oblivious to his clear size disadvantage at 135 lbs. On the plus side, the Asian scene features a solid flyweight talent pool for Belingon to test himself against, and a few wins on that circuit should produce interest stateside.

Since the birth of the UFC's flyweight division creates a question of who we should consider as prospects, we've tweaked the criteria specifically for this weight class. Most notably, we drew a line, excluding the following well-known, established flyweights: Jussier ‘Formiga' da Silva, Ulysses Gomez, Ian McCall, Yasuhiro Urushitani, BJ Kojima, Rambaa Somdet, Mamoru Yamaguchi, Dustin Ortiz, Darrell Montague, Josh Rave, Danny Martinez, and any flyweights outside of our original criteria.

Footage of Kevin Belingon after the fold...

Flyweight Bantamweight Featherweight Lightweight
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#10 - Kevin Belingon
#1 - Rony Mariano
#2 - Aljamain Sterling
#3 - Chris Holdsworth
#4 - Josh Hill
#5 - Fabiano Fernandes
#6 - Claudio Ledesma
#7 - Sirwan Kakai
#8 - Kyoji Horiguchi
#9 - Leandro Hygo
#10 - Pedro Munhoz
#1 - Hacran Dias
#2 - Joey Gambino
#3 - Brandon Bender
#4 - Lance Palmer
#5 - Jim Alers
#6 - Anthony Gutierrez
#7 - Max Holloway
#8 - John Teixeira
#9 - Cody Bollinger
#10 - Bubba Jenkins
#1 - Fabricio Guerreiro
#2 - Alessandro Ferreira
#3 - Adriano Martins
#4 - Justin Salas
#5 - Neilson Gomes
#6 - Eduard Folayang
#7 - Zorobabel Moreira
#8 - Anton Kuivanen
#9 - Jordan Rinaldi
#10 - J.P. Vainikainen
Welterweight Middleweight Light Heavyweight Heavyweight
#1 - Andrey Koreshkov
#2 - Dhiego Lima
#3 - Brandon Thatch
#4 - Nordine Taleb
#5 - Hernani Perpetuo
#6 - Brock Jardine
#7 - Alan Jouban
#8 - Mohsen Bahari
#9 - Andre Santos
#10 - Stephen Thompson
#1 - Antonio Braga Neto
#2 - Marcelo Guimaraes
#3 - Claudio Silva
#4 - Bojan Velickovic
#5 - Ildemar Alcantara
#6 - Michal Materla
#7 - Elvis Mutapcic
#8 - Tor Troeng
#9 - Jack Hermansson
#10 - Tim Ruberg
#1 - Wagner Prado
#2 - Phelipe Lins
#3 - Tom DeBlass
#4 - Misha Cirkunov
#5 - Kyle Cerminara
#6 - Robert Drysdale
#7 - Artur Alibulatov
#8 - Thiago Perpetuo
#9 - Steve Bosse
#10 - Juha Saarinen
#1 - Magomed Malikov
#2 - Magomed Abdurahimov
#3 - Alexei Kudin
#4 - Levan Razmadze
#5 - Chris Birchler
#6 - Ruslan Magomedov
#7 - Adam Parkes
#8 - Richardson Moreira
#9 - Jan Jorgensen
10 - David Oliva

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Justin Cruz versus Kevin Belingon (Round 2) by mantisboxing

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