Bibiano Fernandes will make his post-Dream debut Aug. 31, when the former two-division champion is set to face fellow Brazilian expat Gustavo Falciroli at One FC 5 “Pride of a Nation.”
Sherdog.com learned of the booking Tuesday from a source close to the promotion. The fifth offering from Singapore-based One Fighting Championship takes place at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines, and is also expected to feature a heavyweight tilt between onetime UFC champ Andrei Arlovski and surging Australian Soa Palelei.
News of the Fernandes-Falciroli matchup comes just days before Fernandes would have made his Octagon debut at UFC 149. Despite reports in early June that “The Flash” had signed on to meet Roland Delorme at the July 21 event, Fernandes later clarified that he had only negotiated with the UFC; he later signed with One FC along with fellow Dream champ Shinya Aoki.
Fernandes fights out of Vancouver, B.C., but has competed exclusively in Japan for the past three years. During his stint with the now-defunct Dream, the 32-year-old BJJ ace racked up an impressive 8-1 record, with his only loss coming against Hiroyuki Takaya in a failed defense of his featherweight belt. Fernandes subsequently captured the Dream bantamweight strap by taking out WEC vet Antonio Banuelos in December.
No stranger to fighting in Asia, Brazilian-born Australian Falciroli, 29, made his bones in Japan’s Shooto organization. Falciroli (Pictured) is the current bantamweight titleholder of top Aussie org Cage Fighting Championship, a title which he defended with a December submission of American Nick Honstein. The grappling specialist made a successful One FC debut in February by tapping Korean youngster Soo Chul Kim.