Fighter Profile: DREAM Phenom Bibiano "Flash" Fernandes

Shawn SmithCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

Most people would associate a nickname like “Flash” with fast hands and quick knockouts; however, Bibiano Fernandes is bringing a whole new dimension to the word. 

Fernandes was born in Manaus, Brazil and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of seventeen. Through his dedication to the sport, he received his black belt in only five short years under Master Osvaldo Alves.

Fernandes began to make his name of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene before he even received his black belt with impressive performances against top tier BJJ talent such as Huson Rocha, Ricardo Viera and Marcus Aurelio.

Fernandes continued to improve his skills and show the world his talent on his way to becoming a five time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion as such competitions as the prestigious Pan-Ams

Fernandes has now made the jump to mixed martial arts, as many Jiu-Jitsu practitioners do and despite his slowly progressing stand up game, “Flash” has garnered much success and acclaim with his only two losses coming against top ranked talent in Urijah Faber and Kid Yamamoto in only his second and third fight respectively.

His winning record and Jiu-Jitsu resume earned Fernandes a spot in the prestigious DREAM Featherweight Grand-Prix where he has been dominating the competition to date. Takafumi Otsuka proved to be little competition as Bibiano coasted to a unanimous decision.

In his second round match, Fernandes came in as a heavy underdog to leg lock specialist and one of the tournament favourites in Masakazu Imanari. Despite this, Fernandes showed an improved striking game and an ability to avoid Imanari’s attacks on his way to another unanimous decision victory. 

The featherweight division in which Fernandes competes is beginning to emerge as maybe the most exciting division in all of mixed martial arts.  Companies such as the WEC, Sengoku and DREAM have jumped on the band wagon and began to give these talented fighters the spotlight to showcase their abilities.

Although few in North America follow the DREAM and Sengoku events, the winner is sure to be recognized as one of the top featherweights in the world. A win in this tournament could skyrocket Bibiano Fernandes to the moon and with the favourite’s to win the tournament already eliminated, things are looking good for this Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artist.

Remember the name, as he could very soon be appearing on a television screen near you.