Bibiano Fernandes put his belt up for grabs against Joachim Hansen, an opponent of the highest caliber, at Dream 13. The battle wasn’t easy, but by split decision, the Jiu-Jitsu black belt could again cuddle his beloved trophy.
“I feel I did my duty. I managed to hang on to the belt. I’m feeling just great, thank God,” he said shortly after the triumph.
Early in his career, Bibiano suffered two losses in three fights. Now on a roll, he’s come up with a string of positive results. Besides beating an opponent of the highest caliber, he is riding a seven-fight winning streak.
“I was up against an excellent fighter, very experienced and tough as nails. I learned something today, he taught me many things. I come from a Jiu-Jitsu background and my MMA is evolving. I was a champion in Jiu-Jitsu and now I’ve managed to be one in MMA,” he said, and then remarked on his strategy for dealing with Hansen.
“I knew what he would do, that he’d try and get up every time I took him down. But that didn’t faze me one bit. I went there to win, went after the win and got it, thank God.”
I’ll fight whoever Dream wants me to” Bibiano
With the Dream featherweight title in his hands, Bibiano now awaits new orders from the Japanese organization.
“I’ll accept anyone Dream puts in my way. I don’t pick my opponents. I really want to thank my team in Vancouver, Evolution Fight Team, and all my coaches and all those who helped me,” he said in finishing.