Watch Bibiano Fernandes win Grand Prix title

by Dale DeSouza | source:

Helping the excitement level of the Fight For Japan card was Dream's inaugural Bantamweight Grand Prix, which saw former WEC and quietly released UFC bantamweight Antonio Banuelos advance past Masakazu Imanari to face Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes, who defeated Rodolfo Marques.

Banuelos and Fernandes met in the finals later that night after respective decision victories, with Yusup Saadulaev waiting in the wings if neither man could compete, but Saadulaev's highlight-reel slam over Hideo Tokoro would be the only appearance of the Russian prospect on the card.

Fernandes scored the first round TKO by showing vast improvements in his striking arsenal, and landed a left high kick followed by a two-punch combination that shook Banuelos enough to cause him to slip while backing up and fall victim to some heavy ground and pound, giving Fernandes the final win of his GP stint and the DREAM bantamweight championship.

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Chris site profile image  

1/2/12 3:19 PM by Chris

 Bibiano won 2 fights on the same night, so I believe it was some sort of Grand Prix.

Foos site profile image  

1/2/12 2:32 PM by Foos

Congrats to Bibiano. Where's he training now?

Floppy Divac site profile image  

1/2/12 2:31 PM by Floppy Divac

I don't remember them calling it a grand prix when I watched it.  Am I wrong or is UG news wrong again?

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1/2/12 1:47 PM by Uberstone

My thoughts exactly.

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1/2/12 11:28 AM by Carne de cavalo é o melhor

Can't wait till UG news embed some UFC 141 fights in upcoming posts.