Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver-Based Bibiano Fernandes Fights for Undisputed One FC Title

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver-Based Bibiano Fernandes Fights for Undisputed One FC Title

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Vancouver-based Fernandes fights for title


Bibiano (The Flash) Fernandes has come a long way from the hard streets of Manaus, Brazil.

And that was the easy part of his childhood. When his mother died, he was sent to the Amazon jungle to live with his aunt.

"She helped me a lot but living in the jungle is not easy," he said. "You have to get food, you have to fish, you have to go hunt.

"But I learned a lot of things."

Fernandes' mixed martial arts journey has already netted him the Dream bantamweight and featherweight titles.

And on Oct. 18 he looks to upgrade his One FC bantamweight interim title into the real thing when he takes on title-holder Soo Chul Kim (7-4) at "One FC: Total Domination" at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Fernandes won the interim 135-pound title in May via decision over Koetsu Okazaki at "One FC 9 -- Rise to Power" while the 21-year-old Kim was sidelined by injury.

Their Oct. 18 showdown will decide the undisputed champion.

Kim defeated Leandro Issa by TKO at "One FC 6 -- Rise of Kings" in October 2012 to become the first One FC bantamweight champion.

If Fernandes wins, he's bringing the title back to Vancouver. That's where the 33-year-old Brazilian now calls home.

Fernandes was at a jiu-jitsu competition in California some 10 years ago when he was invited to come north and train.

He liked what he saw and stayed. He met his wife here and they now have three boys -- one, two and seven.

"Today I have everything there -- my family, my kids there."

He trains full time although he does some seminars and private lessons.

The 33-year-old Fernandes, who normally weighs around 147-148 pounds, divides his training time between Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Vancouver and the Mamba Martial Arts Academy in Abbotsford.

For Kim, he travelled south to Kirkland, Wash., to train with Matt Hume at AMC Martial Arts. …

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