Bibiano Fernandes Goes for Gold at One FC 9!
Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes (13-3) and Koetsu Okazaki (8-2-1) will square off at One FC 9 “Rise to Power” on May 31st in Manilla, Philippines to fight for the organizations interim Bantamweight title.
With One FC’s current Bantamweight champion, Soo Chul Kim, being sidelined indefinitely due to a shoulder injury that requires surgery, the Asian based promotion has decided to fill their 135 lbs title void by having Fernandes and Okazki vie for the belt on their upcoming show.
Bibiano Fernandes, a former 2 division DREAM champion as well as a multiple time BJJ world champion, enters the championship contest on a five fight win streak with his latest victory coming at DREAM 18 on New Year’s Eve 2012 over Yoshiro Maeda via triangle choke. Canada’s #1 ranked Bantamweight, Fernandes made his One FC debut in August of 2012 defeating Gustavo Falciroli via unanimous decision.
Koetsu Okazaki, enters this bout as a One FC promotional rookie having fought all of his previous 11 bouts under the Shooto banner in Japan. Okazaki, the clear under dog in this contest, will look to use a victory over Fernades as his platform towards international MMA stardom.
One FC 9 will take place at 20, 000 spectator capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manilla, Philippines. Other confirmed bouts for the event are Honorio Banario versus Koji Oishi in a featherweight title fight as well as Eduard Folayang taking on Kamal Shalorus in lightweight match up.