(Video courtesy BJPenn.com)
Continuing his tradition of hosting a variety of top-tier fighters to help him prepare for his upcoming fights, BJ Penn has brought in a secret weapon to bolster his training camp for his August 28 rematch with Frankie Edgar: DREAM featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes.
Although he fights a weight class below Penn, Fernandes is the perfect fighter to mimic Edgar and is very similar in stature and style to "The Answer," with the only real difference being Bibiano’s superior jiu-jitsu base. 8-2 with losses to Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Urijah Faber, "The Flash" has not lost since 2007. His most recent win came in his first title defense via split decision over Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen at DREAM 13 in March.
A multiple-time Pan-Am and Mundial World Jiu-Jitsu champion born in Brazil, Fernandes fights out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he is a member of Revolution Fight Team alongside fighters like Bill "The Butcher" Mahood and Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons.
The dude’s a definite badass and should help BJ shore up any weaknesses he may have displayed in the last fight.
(Video courtesy Vimeo/HelloJapan)
Stay tuned tomorrow when we’ll have an exclusive video interview with Fernandes.