Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver's Fernandes Defends One Championship Bantamweight Title

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver's Fernandes Defends One Championship Bantamweight Title

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Vancouver's Fernandes defends bantamweight title

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MACAU - Vancouver-based Bibiano (The Flash) Fernandes defended his One Championship bantamweight title on Saturday, submitting American Andrew Leone to win the mixed martial arts fight in the main event of One: Kings & Conquerors.

Fernandes made quick work of Leone (8-3-0), submitting him with a rear-naked choke in the first frame to set an unprecedented One Championship record of seven successful title defences.

The 37-year-old Fernandes (21-3-0) was born in Brazil but has lived in Canada for the last 11 years. He became a Canadian citizen a year ago.

"Thank you for my family in Canada and my family in Brazil who are watching me right now. I am here to stay," Fernandes said after the fight. …

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