KEVIN Belingon will get his chance to finish off his epic trilogy against Bibiano Fernandes when he defends his ONE Bantamweight Championship in the already stacked ONE: A New Era at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31.
ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on Monday, adding more star power to the promotion's maiden foray to the Land of the Rising Sun.
“Without a doubt, it will be another epic war with big fireworks for the final chapter between two of the world’s greatest martial artists,” said the Thai executive.
This will be Belingon's first title defense against the foe who he won the title from via a close split decision at ONE: Heart of the Lion in Singapore last November.
Fernandes took the first meeting, submitting the Team Lakay stalwart in their first clash back in 2016.
Belingon-Fernandes III will now be the fourth title match in the loaded Tokyo card.
ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang rekindles his rivalry in a rematch against hometown bet and former titleholder Shinya Aoki in the main event.
ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion Angela Lee will also stake her belt against ONE Women's Strawweight Champion Xiong Jing Nan, while two-division champion Aung La N Sang defends his middleweight title against Ken Hasegawa of Japan.