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Bibiano Fernandes: I Never Turned Down the UFC; I Don’t Know Where the Future Will Take Me

(The future is wide open for “The Flash.”)

Bibiano Fernandes contacted us today via email to clear up any controversy that may have arisen from a mistranslated quote from TATAME that we reported on this morning.

According to the Brazilian website,  the DREAM bantamweight champ allegedly revealed during a recent interview that he had turned down the UFC in favor of re-signing with the struggling Japanese promotion after his contract expired following his 2011 DREAM Bantamweight tournament final win over Antonio Banuelos on New Year’s Eve.

According to “The Flash,” who is widely considered by many to be the number one or two 135-pound fighter in the world, the translation that was printed was erroneous, as was his current DREAM contract status that TATAME reported.

“I really respect the UFC and think it is a great organization. Right now I still have one more fight in my contract with DREAM and so my focus is with DREAM. They pay me very well and I have a family of 5 to provide for,” he explained. “I don’t know where the future will take me, but I have never turned down the UFC. I don’t feel like I have to prove anything.”

We’ll have an exclusive interview with Fernandes later this week.


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Chromium- February 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm
"According to “The Flash,” who is widely considered by many to be the number one or two 135-pound fighter in the world"

Fightmatrix is the only major ranking that has him ranked #2 and no one that I know of has him ranked #1. Really, it's a stretch to put him in the Top 5, even if you drop Benavidez and Might Mouse down to Flyweight.

He is easily the best BW in the world not in the UFC however, and probably a title threat. The UFC should really sign the guy.
Get Off Me- February 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm
"widely considered by many to be the #1 or #2 135 pounder in the world".............................................................. You mean outside of the UFC right?? Those who think this guy is even in the top 5 world 135ers need to familiarize themselves with the UFC Bantamweight division. 1.Cruz 2.Barao 3.Benavidez 4.Faber 5.Dantas/Torres 6.Maybe the flash......
bootystar- February 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm
he's right to take care of his family, women & children first,
ArmFarmer- February 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm
What was the deal with the faber fight from the "i have to prove anything" link? I didn't think a ref could stop a fight due to a cut, or did he just call that as a tko? Looked like an odd stoppage. That was a lota blood though.