ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes endured an unimaginably difficult childhood growing up. Born in Brazil, his mother passed away when he was only 8 years old, and his father was forced to bring them up in the Amazon jungle, where he almost succumbed to malaria. After moving back to the city of Manaus, his woes did not end, as he was effectively homeless and living on the streets.
Luckily, he discovered a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym that allowed him to train in exchange for work. He proved to be a prodigy in the “gentle art”, and transformed his fortunes by becoming the best in the world and winning 11 gold medals in elite competitions. This included the prestigious World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which he won three times as a black belt.
Since making the move to the cage in search of a new challenge, Fernandes really came into his own, becoming a two-division Grand Prix winner and champion with DREAM in Japan. He successfully debuted for ONE Championship in 2012, and soon went on to become the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion. Fernandes has since defended the title successfully multiple times, and is currently riding a winning streak lasting back to 2011 to stand as ONE’s most dominant martial artist.