Bibiano Fernandes is one of the few athletes who won the most sought-after titles in both Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. The 42-year-old black belt has three IBJJF featherweight world titles, a belt in the Japanese event Dream, and eleven belt defenses at the One Championship, the biggest MMA event in Asia.
In a new phase of his career, Bibiano launched his first MMA event a few months ago in his hometown of Manaus, Amazonas. The event had Alex Cowboy and Michel Sassarito in the main event with a title fight.
“I was happy to be able to offer a platform for Brazilian fighters to have more visibility. We had amazing fights on the card, women’s fights, and fights from other disciplines too, following the same strategy as One. It was an incredible experience working outside the cage, helping with the organization, and bringing in sponsors. I was happy to be able to generate employment for everyone who made the show happen. I would like to thank all the support I received from the Manaus authorities, they also helped to make it happen”.
The black belt, who has 24 victories in his career, nine by submission, still wants to do some more fights before preparing to say goodbye. The Brazilian still has plans to fight in 2022.
“We are already in negotiation and I have some fights to do in MMA. I know there’s grappling now, but the organization has only talked about MMA so far. If the opportunity appears, I’ll be ready. I still want to fight. I feel healthy, happy, and with a lot of energy!”, details Bibiano.