MMA, martial arts

Bibiano Fernandes to guard crown as ONE Championship’s bantamweight king at ‘ONE: Iron Will’


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ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, has certainly proven himself to be the world’s best bantamweight martial artist. Holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a five-time world champion in the discipline known as the Gentle Art, the Brazilian fighter showcased tremendous striking and grappling ability inside the ONE Championship cage for years.

Fernandes has been the ONE Bantamweight World Champion since becoming the promotion’s official 65.8-kilogram kingpin in October 2013 when he outpointed Soo Chul Kim, 26, of South Korea in a title unification bout. The Brazilian fighter is currently riding high on an impressive 13-match winning streak and has not been beaten yet in ONE Championship since joining Asia’s premier martial arts organization in 2012.

In almost seven years, Fernandes has not lost a single match. The gallant cage warrior from Manaus, Brazil has answered a promotional record seven title challenges with victory and is looking to extend his winning roll.

On March 24, 2018, Fernandes puts his ONE Bantamweight World Championship title on the line for the eighth time. He will collide with two-division world champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, in the main event of “ONE: Iron Will,” which takes place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Known by the moniker the Flash due to his finesse on the mat and his savvy for swift submission triumphs, Fernandes has the opportunity to put the bar up for most successful title defenses as a bantamweight and in ONE Championship history. However, it will not be a walk in the park for him as he shares the global stage with Nguyen.

In Nguyen’s last six outings, he scored five knockouts. With a promise to push the action from bell to bell at “ONE: Iron Will,” Fernandes wants to make sure that the title tilt versus his Vietnamese-Australian opponent will live up to its hype.

Here is a short clip featuring Fernandes:

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