Bibano Fernandes grinds out win in ONE FC debut
Bibano Fernandes did his work in the first two rounds, then went on cruise control against Gustavo Falciroli.
Fernandes fought for ONE FC for the first time, and it came not long after he was rumored to be on the way to the UFC. In fact, the UFC had a fight set up for the former DREAM featherweight champ and current bantamweight champ. But contract terms proved to be a roadblock, paving the way for his Friday main event against Falciroli.
And true to his reputation, Fernandes controlled the fight with relative ease, doing enough damage to keep Falciroli at bay and consistently outpointing the Australian. And while it wasn't the night's most exciting fight, for Fernandes, it got the job done.
"I feel great," Fernandes said. "This guy is very tough and did a great job. He's very flexible and tough."
Fernandes (12-3) now has won four straight and 11 of his past 12 fights. Falciroli (12-4-2) had a two-fight win streak halted with the loss.
Bibiano Fernandes def. Gustavo Falciroli via unanimous decision