Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes sign with Asia’s ONE FC
In early June it was reported that Brazilian Bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes, who fought for DREAM before the event’s demise, had signed with the UFC. Weeks later a number of MMA news sites reported that Fernandes suffered an undisclosed injury and would not make his promotional debut July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, at UFC 149 against Roland Delorme, as previously announced.
Then Fernandes posted on his Facebook page that he never signed with the UFC, and was weighing offers from both the UFC and Asia’s ONE FC.
Now ONE FC has announced that Fernades has officially signed.
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DREAM Champion Bibiano Fernandes has officially signed with ONE FC. He will debut on August 31 in Manila.
Shinya Aoki is signing with ONE FC either today or tomorrow, and will headline the event in Manila later this summer. In the weeks leading up to the signing there had been some question as to whether Aoki would make a dash for the USA or remain in Asia. That question was answered today.
Making his name during the final days of Pride, Aoki’s submissions were something MMA fans only would dream of. After the organization went belly up, DREAM formed and made it a point to build The Tobikan Judan as the promotion’s star fighter. Aoki went on to defend his DREAM title four times, and win many non-title fights in between.
Aoki made the biggest challenge of his career when he fought Gil Melendez in Strikeforce, coming up short to the #2 lightweight in the world.