Bibiano Fernandes seems destined to join Fedor Emelianenko, Igor Vovchanchyn and a handful of others as one of the most accomplished mixed martial artists never to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The reigning One Championship and former two-division Dream titleholder has spent his entire 17-year career plying his trade outside the Octagon. Fernandes remains one of the premier lighter-weight fighters in the sport, having won 16 of his past 17 bouts. The AMC Pankration product last appeared at One Championship Century Part 2 on Oct. 13, 2019, when he submitted longtime rival Kevin Belingon with a second-round rear-naked choke and improved to 3-1 in their head-to-head series.
As Fernandes awaits word on his next assignment, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied him to this point:
41: Years of age for Fernandes, who was born in Manaus, Brazil, on March 30, 1980.
2: Fernandes victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 8% of his career total (24). Antonio Banuelos and Toni Tauru were the victims. Fernandes owns nine other victories by submission, 12 more by decision and another by disqualification.
3: Undisputed bantamweight titleholders, including Fernandes, in One Championship history. Belingon and Soo Chul Kim are the others. Fernandes has spent more than 2,700 days as champion across two title reigns with the Singapore-based promotion.
96: Combined wins between the four men—Belingon, Hiroyuki Takaya, Norifumi Yamamoto and Urijah Faber—who have defeated Fernandes. They sport a cumulative record of 96-40-2 (.696).
9: Countries in which Fernandes has fought as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 11-2 in Japan, 5-0 in the Philippines, 2-0 in Canada, 2-0 in China, 1-1 in Singapore, 1-0 in Brazil, 1-0 in Myanmar, 1-0 in Thailand and 0-1 in the United States.
4: Sub-minute finishes on the Fernandes resume. He submitted Luis Figueroa with a rear-naked choke in 31 seconds at Jungle Fight 3 on Oct. 23, 2004, tapped Len Tam with a triangle choke in 58 seconds at Raw Combat “Redemption” on Oct. 25, 2008, dismissed Joe Warren with an armbar in 42 seconds at Dream 11 on Oct. 6, 2009 and put Takafumi Otsuka to sleep with a rear-naked choke in 41 seconds at Dream 17 on Sept. 24, 2011.
14: Consecutive victories for Fernandes from Sept. 24, 2011 to March 24, 2018. He went seven years, 10 months and nine days between losses.
57: Rounds completed by Fernandes since he turned pro. He has gone the full 25 minutes six times—he owns a 5-1 record in those appearances—in his 28-fight career.
6: Organizations in which Fernandes has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 12-1 in One Championship, 9-0 in Dream, 0-2 in K-1, 2-0 in Raw Combat, 1-0 in Jungle Fight and 0-1 in King of the Cage.
1: Stoppage loss on the Fernandes ledger. Faber forced a doctor stoppage against him 4:16 into their King of the Cage “All Stars” pairing on Oct. 28, 2006.
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