Bibiano Fernandes hoisting his DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix championship belt.
|Born||Bibiano Fernandes da Silva Neto|
March 30, 1980
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
|Other names||The Flash|
|Nationality||Brazilian & Canadian|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Pankration|
|Fighting out of||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Team||Revolution Gym/Carlson Gracie Team Canada|
|Trainer||Faustino Neto, Osvaldo Alves|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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 in his second reign as the ONE Bantamweight Champion. He is currently ranked as the #5 Bantamweight in the world by MMA Weekly and Fight Matrix as well as the #1 bantamweight outside of the UFC He is the main sparring partner of former UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
- 1 Background
- 2 MMA career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Brazilian jiu-jitsu lineage
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Fernandes was born in Manaus and grew up in a neighborhood called Coroado with his family. Fernandes played soccer throughout his childhood. Due to an unhappy relationship, Fernandes' mother became depressed and eventually passed away for an unknown reason when he was seven. His father, Inacio, didn't want to raise the children, so Bibiano and his siblings were sent to live with their aunt in the Amazon rainforest, by the Ituxi River. However, Bibiano caught malaria during their stay in the rainforest and his father was alerted to bring him back to Manaus for treatment. After returning to Manaus, Fernandes attended school for the first time in his life at the age of nine.
At the age of 13, Bibiano was introduced to BJJ, but coming from a poor family he was unable to pay for 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."
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. 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. After losing to Faber and Yamamoto, Fernandes won four consecutive fights before entering into the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix.
Bibiano defeated Joe Warren and Hiroyuki Takaya at DREAM 11 to win the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix and become the first DREAM Featherweight Champion. 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. 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.
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
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. However, the UFC claimed Fernandes pulled out of the bout, citing an injury. Bibiano subsequently clarified that he had been in negotiations with the UFC, but a contract was never signed.
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.
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.
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.
Fernandes faced Belingon in a trilogy match at ONE Championship: A New Era on March 30, 2019. He won the bout via disqualification when he could not continue after Belingon landed an illegal elbow to the back of Fernandes’s head, once again regaining the bantamweight title.
Fernandes and his wife, Amanda, have three sons: Elijah, Gabriel and Lucas.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu lineage
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- DREAM Bantamweight Championship (One time; First; Last)
- DREAM 2011 Bantamweight World Grand Prix Champion
- DREAM Featherweight Championship (One time; First)
- DREAM 2009 Featherweight World Grand Prix Champion
- ONE Championship
- 2011 All-Violence Second Team
- 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
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||23 wins||4 losses|
|Win||23–4||Kevin Belingon||DQ (illegal elbows)||ONE Championship: A New Era||March 31, 2019||3||3:40||Tokyo, Japan||Won the ONE Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||22–4||Kevin Belingon||Decision (split)||ONE Championship: Heart of the Lion||November 9, 2018||5||5:00||Kallang, Singapore||Lost the ONE Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||22–3||Martin Nguyen||Decision (split)||ONE Championship: Iron Will||March 24, 2018||5||5:00||Bangkok, Thailand||Defended the ONE Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||21–3||Andrew Leone||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors||August 5, 2017||1||1:47||Macau, China||Defended the ONE Bantamweight Championship|
|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 (punches)||KOTC: All Stars||October 28, 2006||1||4:16||Reno, Nevada, United States||For the KOTC Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||1–0||Luis Figueroa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Jungle Fight 3||October 23, 2004||1||0:31||Manaus, Brazil|
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|New championship|| 1st Dream Featherweight Champion
October 6, 2009 - December 31, 2010
|New championship|| 1st Dream Bantamweight Champion|
December 31, 2011 - Present