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Competitive fighter Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes has made a name for himself thanks to his many exploits in the MMA cage.
Holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fernandes has showcased tremendous striking and grappling abilities.
He has been ONE Championship's Bantamweight World Champion since becoming the promotion’s official 65.8-kilogram kingpin in October 2013 when he beat Soo Chul Kim in a title unification bout.
The 37-year-old native of Manaus, Brazil, is currently riding high on an impressive 12-match winning streak and has not been beaten yet in ONE Championship since joining Asia’s largest MMA promotion in 2012.
Fernandes has answered a record six title challenges with victory and is looking to extend his winning roll as a celebrated world champion.
He puts his ONE Bantamweight World Championship title on the line for the seventh time this Saturday (Aug 5) as he collides with Andrew Leone in the main event of 'Kings & Conquerors' taking place at Macau's famous Cotai Arena.
History puts him in good stead, but it will not be a walk in the park for Fernandes come Saturday. His adversary is fresh off three solid conquests against top-calibre opponents, earning himself a crack at the ONE Bantamweight World Championship belt.
“Andrew Leone is a very tough kid. He is young, he is good at wrestling, he is good at mixed martial arts, and he has very good transitions. For sure, it is going to be a very interesting fight. It is going to be a good fight for people to watch. I am so excited,” Fernandes said of his scheduled five-round championship clash with Leone.
Although his list of preys in the past includes big-name bantamweights like Toni “Dynamite” Tauru, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon” and Reece “Lightning” McLaren, Fernandes is giving no room for complacency. However, he has expressed confidence in securing a win at 'Kings & Conquerors'.
“I train hard. Confidence in my training is more important. Training makes me win. I always say that. I am confident that I will bring a good fight. That is how I am. That is always what I do. I can bring the victory, for sure.
“I do everything I have to do, so that my performance is good come fight night. I don’t feel pressure. I don’t only train hard, but I also train smart. I try to be very wise, and I try to peak just before the fight. That’s my job. It’s what have been doing for 21 years."