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Kevin Belingon bids Team Lakay farewell

The second pillar of Team Lakay has fallen.

A day after Eduard Folayang announced that he has left Team Lakay, Kevin Belingon followed suit on Saturday, ending a long partnership with Mark Sangiao as well.

The soft-spoken Igorot shared the same sentiments as ‘Manong’ Ed, saying that he needs a change of scenery as he hits the twilight of his career.

“I would like to make a public statement that I’m no longer with Team Lakay.

“I had a farewell talk with coach Mark Sangiao and we ended on a good note. Coach, thank you for everything and for understanding my need for growth. With whole sincerity, I wish you all the best in life,” said the 35-year-old slugger.

“Leaving the team makes me emotional because it has been my home for the last 16 years. But, at the same time, I look forward to what lies ahead. Fresh start.”

Belingon is currently on a five-fight slide, last tasting victory back in November 2018 – a split decision win over Bibiano Fernandes that unified the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.

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Since then, he lost twice to Fernandes before suffering defeats at the hands of John Lineker, Kwon Won Il, and Kim Jae Woong.

Maybe, breaking a routine he has done since 2007 might be the cure to his skid.

Since 2007, Belingon had been training under Sangiao’s Team Lakay.

He made his debut under the URCC banner while moonlighting with Martial Combat and Legend FC.

Belingon and the rest of Team Lakay eventually moved to ONE where he has been ever since.

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Now, Belingon, who owns a 20-10 record, moves forward with Folayang.

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(c) Eduard Folayang

“My decision to leave the team comes only from my own personal desire to cultivate my skills. Since I’m STILL an active ONE Championship athlete.

“It is my earnest prayer that you my colleagues, friends, and followers will understand and respect my decision. Thank you for always being there in the highs and lows. I hope you still be with me as we set sail to new adventures. I am blessed to have all of you,” he expressed.

“Thank you my Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of my faith. I surrender everything to you,” he closed.

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