Bibiano Fernandes Talks About His Desicion To Sign Up with One FC
Bibiano Fernandes says his decision to sign with One FC instead of UFC was "all business"
DREAM bantamweight champ Bibiano has decided to sign a contract with ONE Fighting Championship promotion instead of UFC.
Fernandes was expected to pick UFC. The promotion already made announcement that he was signing with them even before the champ agreed to seal the contract that was presented to him with his actual signature.
Fernandes will make his One FC debut on August 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines with an unnamed opponent.
During a recent interview with Tatame.com, the reigning DREAM champ talks about his decision:
“There was a surprise when UFC announced you signed in for the Canada event but days latter it was announced they let you go. Days later you said you didn’t even sign that same contract. What really happened?
Apart from family, it’d be a great opportunity for (myself), but when you put the family in the picture it’s not worth it. I don’t fight for me. I have people who rely on me. I’ve built what I had to build in MMA. It can be many people’s dream to fight in the UFC, but it ain’t mine. It’s all business to me. I’ve dreamed about being a champion, I earned three belts: one in Canada and two in Japan. If you have a dream, keep dreaming. If you want to fight, keep on trying. But this I’ll tell you: worship yourself otherwise nobody else will. And it’s not only on the fighting business, but in everything in life. People use you, use you, use you and then throw you away like garbage.
What are the expectations for your One FC debut?
I’ve fought all my life in Japan. Most of my fans live there. I guess One FC is just an extension of Dream. It’s not Dream, but the guys there have been helping one another at One FC. If you really look at it, you’ll see the guys that used to work on Dream here.”