Bibiano Fernandes

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Bibiano Fernandes
Bibiano Fernandes.jpg
Bibiano Fernandes hoisting his DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix championship belt.
Born Bibiano Fernandes da Silva Neto
(1980-03-30) March 30, 1980 (age 37)[1]
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil[2]
Other names The Flash
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Featherweight
Style BJJ, Pankration
Fighting out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Team Revolution Gym/Carlson Gracie Team Canada
AMC Pankration
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 20
By knockout 2
By submission 7
By decision 11
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Bibiano Fernandes da Silva Neto (born March 30, 1980) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who has competed for K-1, DREAM, ONE Championship and King of the Cage. He was the first DREAM Featherweight Champion and DREAM Bantamweight Champion, and currently the ONE Bantamweight Champion. He is currently ranked as the #5 Bantamweight in the world by MMA Weekly[3] and Fight Matrix as well as the #1 bantamweight outside of the UFC[4] He is the main sparring partner of UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

MMA career[edit]

During a difficult childhood, Bibiano was unable to pay for BJJ training. His instructor said he‘d continue to train him, as long as he cleaned the gym after the class. This gave Bibiano a profound respect and gratitude for the gym and what it taught. Bibiano says that he‘d say to himself when he was a child "good job! You held your ground and believed what you believed."

Early career[edit]

Fernandes fought against world-class competition early in his MMA career. In his second professional fight, Fernandes lost due to a doctor's stoppage to Urijah Faber in a King of the Cage event in Nevada.[5] After dominating the first 2 minutes of the round, even taking Faber's back, he was reversed and received a barrage of elbows that opened up a deep cut on his forehead. Though the fight was officially ruled a doctor stoppage, it was actually stopped by the referee, due to the cut. In his very next fight, Fernandes lost to Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto at a K-1 Hero's event in Japan.[6] After losing to Faber and Yamamoto, Fernandes won four consecutive fights before entering into the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix.[2]

DREAM[edit]

Bibiano defeated Joe Warren and Hiroyuki Takaya at DREAM 11 to win the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix and become the first DREAM Featherweight Champion.[7] After defeating Warren by first round armbar, Fernandes' fight against Takaya was very close, and he won by split decision.

Fernandes fought former DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen on March 22, 2010, at DREAM 13 for his first title defense. He won the match in a split decision.[8] At K-1 Dynamite!! 2010, Fernandes had a rematch with Takaya for the DREAM featherweight championship. Fernandes lost his title to Takaya via unanimous decision.[9]

Fernandes next faced Takafumi Otsuka at DREAM 17 in the quarterfinals of the bantamweight tournament. He won the fight via submission in the first round. At Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011, he defeated Rodolfo Marques via unanimous decision in the semifinal round. In the finals, Fernandes defeated Antonio Banuelos via TKO in the first round to win the Dream World Bantamweight Grand Prix and become the first ever DREAM Bantamweight champion.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On June 4, 2012, it was announced that Bibiano has signed with the UFC and was briefly linked to a bout against Roland Delorme on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[10] However, the UFC claimed Fernandes pulled out of the bout, citing an injury.[11] Bibiano subsequently clarified that he had been in negotiations with the UFC, but a contract was never signed.

ONE Championship[edit]

It was announced that Fernandes had signed with ONE instead of the UFC.

Fernandes made his debut for the promotion at ONE FC 5 against Gustavo Falciroli. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Fernandes next fight was at ONE FC 9: Rise to Power against Koetsu Okazaki for the Interim ONE Bantamwight Championship. He won via unanimous decision.

Fernandes next fought at ONE FC 11: Total Domination against Soo Chul Kim to unify the ONE Bantamweight Championship.[12] He via unanimous decision.

Fernandes headlined ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes on May 2, 2014 against Masakatsu Ueda.[13] He won via unanimous decision.

Bibiano faced Dae Hwan Kim at ONE Fighting Championship: Warrior's Way on December 5, 2014, once again successfully defending his world title by defeating Kim via rear-naked choke in the second round.[14]

In his fourth title defense, Fernandes faced Kevin Belingon at ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions on January 23, 2016. He successfully defending his title, winning by kimura submission in the first round.

In his fifth title defense, Fernandes faced Reece McLaren at ONE Championship: Age of Domination on December 2, 2016. He won the fight by split decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Submission grappling[edit]

  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
    • 2007 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Bronze Medalist
    • 2006 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2006 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2005 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2005 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2004 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Silver Medalist
    • 2004 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2003 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2003 Brazil National Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2002 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Brown Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2002 Brazil National Jiu-Jitsu Championship Brown Belt Gold Medalist
    • 2001 Brazil National Jiu-Jitsu Championship Purple Belt Gold Medalist
    • 1998 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Blue Belt Bronze Medalist
    • 1997 Brazil National Jiu-Jitsu Championship Blue Belt Gold Medalist

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–3 Reece McLaren Decision (split) ONE Championship: Age of Domination December 2, 2016 5 5:00 Pasay City, Philippines Defended the ONE Bantamweight Championship
Win 19–3 Kevin Belingon Submission (kimura) ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions January 23, 2016 1 4:04 Changsha, China Defended the ONE Bantamweight Championship
Win 18–3 Toni Tauru KO (punch) ONE Fighting Championship: Kingdom of Warriors July 18, 2015 3 1:02 Yangon, Myanmar Defended the ONE Bantamweight Championship
Win 17–3 Dae Hwan Kim Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE Fighting Championship: Warrior's Way December 5, 2014 2 1:16 Pasay City, Philippines Defended the ONE Bantamweight Championship
Win 16–3 Masakatsu Ueda Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes May 2, 2014 5 5:00 Pasay City, Philippines Defended the ONE Bantamweight Championship
Win 15–3 Soo Chul Kim Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Total Domination October 18, 2013 5 5:00 Kallang, Singapore Won and Unified the ONE Bantamweight Championship
Win 14–3 Koetsu Okazaki Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power May 31, 2013 5 5:00 Pasay City, Philippines Won ONE Interim Bantamweight Championship
Win 13–3 Yoshiro Maeda Technical Submission (triangle choke) Dream 18 December 31, 2012 1 1:46 Tokyo, Japan Non-title bout
Win 12–3 Gustavo Falciroli Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation August 31, 2012 3 5:00 Quezon City, Philippines
Win 11–3 Antonio Banuelos TKO (punches) Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 1 1:21 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2011 Bantamweight GP Final; Won DREAM Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–3 Rodolfo Marques Decision (unanimous) Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2011 Bantamweight GP Semifinal.
Win 9–3 Takafumi Otsuka Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Dream 17 September 24, 2011 1 0:41 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2011 Bantamweight GP Quarterfinal.
Loss 8–3 Hiroyuki Takaya Decision (unanimous) Dynamite!! 2010 December 31, 2010 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Lost DREAM Featherweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Joachim Hansen Decision (split) Dream 13 March 22, 2010 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Defended DREAM Featherweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Hiroyuki Takaya Decision (split) Dream 11 October 6, 2009 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan DREAM 2009 Featherweight GP Final; Won DREAM Featherweight Championship.
Win 6–2 Joe Warren Submission (armbar) Dream 11 October 6, 2009 1 0:42 Yokohama, Japan DREAM 2009 Featherweight GP Semifinal.
Win 5–2 Masakazu Imanari Decision (unanimous) Dream 9 May 26, 2009 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan DREAM 2009 Featherweight GP Quarterfinal.
Win 4–2 Takafumi Otsuka Decision (unanimous) Dream 7 March 8, 2009 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2009 Featherweight GP Opening Round.
Win 3–2 Len Tam Submission (triangle choke) Raw Combat: Redemption October 25, 2008 1 0:58 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–2 Juan Barrantes Decision (unanimous) Raw Combat: Resurrection June 20, 2008 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 1–2 Norifumi Yamamoto Decision (unanimous) Hero's 10 September 17, 2007 3 5:00 Kanagawa, Japan
Loss 1–1 Urijah Faber TKO (doctor stoppage) KOTC: All Stars October 28, 2006 1 4:16 Reno, Nevada, United States For KOTC Bantamweight Championship
Win 1–0 Luis Figueroa Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 3 October 23, 2004 1 0:31 Manaus, Brazil

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Bibiano". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Bantamweight MMA Top 10 (135-pound limit)". Mmaweekly.com. March 11, 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Current MMA Rankings". Fight Matrix. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  5. ^ "KOTC - All Stars". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  6. ^ "K-1 HERO's - Tournament Final". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  7. ^ "Dream 11 - Featherweight Grand Prix 2009 Final". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  8. ^ "Fernandes Wins Split Decision Over Hansen". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Takaya Takes Dream Title; Overeem Destroys Duffee at 'Dynamite!'". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  10. ^ Mike Chiappetta. "Bibiano Fernandes Signs With UFC, Makes Debut at UFC 149". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Newly signed Bibiano Fernandes injured, out of UFC 149 in Calgary". Mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Rumour Mill - March 11, 2014 | Top MMA News at". Topmmanews.com. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  14. ^ "Bibiano Fernandes Defeats Dae Hwan Kim And Retains One Fc Bantamweight World Championship". Philboxing.com. 2014-12-06. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  15. ^ "Sherdog.com’s 2011 All-Violence Team - Second Team". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 

External links[edit]

New championship 1st Dream Featherweight Champion
October 6, 2009 - December 31, 2010
Succeeded by
Hiroyuki Takaya
New championship 1st Dream Bantamweight Champion
December 31, 2011 - Present