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By Suhas Bhat reporting from Manila
Ahead of their fight at Rise to Power, both men were aware of their respective strengths - the Japanese loved to take the battle to the ground while Belingon had beaten both Yusup Saadulaev and Thanh Vu with his fierce striking ability.
The Filipino, in particular, did not want Ueda to sneak under him and did his best stay on the ground at the start.
But Ueda just too quick and assumed a side mount at the start of the fourth minute of the first round. And it was at this point where he employed a kimura that only Belingon's determination allowed him to swing his arm back into a normal position.
In the second round, Belingon was again the victim of the 35-year-old's powerful ground game and was trapped in a body lock at the start of the third minute.
The Paraestra Tokyo fighter then worked on his opponent's left arm but once more Belingon held firm to deny his opponent a chance to finish the fight via submission.
The Baguio native hit back towards the end of the fourth minute when he escaped Ueda's hold and swung wildly to inflict some damage. Although his attacks failed to trouble his opponent, it heartened the home support who were desperate to see one of their own achieve victory after seeing three previous Filipino fighters suffer defeat on the night.
In the final round, Ueda changed tack and decided to beat Belingon at his own game and he connected on two right-handed punches. His subsequent attempt to take Belingon to ground failed, though, and he nearly fell victim to a vicious soccer kick.
Ueda also suffered a bruising cut after taking some punishment from some aggressive punching by the Filipino.
Such was the relentless ferocity of the latter's attacks that Ueda ran for cover for the first time in the fight and even surrendered to a full mount position where he bore more damage.
The crowd roared in approval as they sensed a win for one of their own and at this point Ueda was struggling to get on top of the Team Lakay man.
However, in the final minute Ueda rained in multiple blows on his opponent just as the bell tolled for the end of the fight.
The result: Ueda by unanimous decision.