DREAM, the Japanese promotion has officially ceased to exist. Financial failure have caused an opening for some of its top fighters to make their way to the UFC. The first of those is their Bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes. For those of you who do not know Bibiano, he is a welcomed addition to the UFC, and a true threat to the title.
Bibiano’s record currently stands at an impressive 11-3. His three losses have only come by top fighters Urijah Faber, Kid Yamamoto, and Hiroyuki Takaya, which were all at the 145 pound division. He recently dropped down to 135 and won Dream’s tournament to claim the title. He finished the tournament by knocking out WEC and UFC veteran Antonio Banuelous. Along with Banuelous he has beaten notables, Joachim Hansen, the aforementioned Hiroyuki Takaya, Joe Warren, and Masakazu Imanari. He is a Brazilian black belt, training out of Carlson Gracie’s Canadian camp, and has won numerous BJJ championships.
He starts his trek towards UFC gold by taking on Ultimate Fighter alum, Roland Delorme, who is currently riding a two fight win streak. The fight will take place at UFC 149 on July 21st. He is another Brazilian standout on the Canadian card, which also has Jose Aldo defending his belt, and Antonio Nogueira returning against Cheick Kongo. Bibiano will be one to watch in the growing Bantamweight division.