Bibiano Fernandes wishes to fight former foe Urijah Faber

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It may be a long shot, but Bibi wishes he could face the retiring UFC veteran Urijah Faber again.

Bibiano Fernandes has achieved a lot in the sport of MMA. The 36-year-old Brazilian built a reputation as one of the top 135-pound fighters in the world competing outside the UFC.

For the past seven years, Fernandes dominated the Asian region. He won the featherweight and bantamweight titles in Japanese promotion DREAM before plying his trade in ONE FC. “The Flash” currently owns ONE FC’s record for the most wins and successful title defenses, outlasting Reece McLaren a few weeks ago.

Despite all the success, there’s one thing Fernandes hopes to scratch off his bucket list: face Urijah Faber for the second time.

I’m sad because he’s going to stop fighting because I wish I could fight Urijah Faber again.

“I’m sorry that Urijah Faber will retire because the one guy in this life that I want to fight (again) is named Urijah Faber,” Fernandes tells Dojo Drifter in an exclusive interview. “I’m sad because he’s going to stop fighting because I wish I could fight Urijah Faber again.”

Both men have crossed paths in 2006 at King of the Cage: All Stars. “The California Kid” was already a household name in the lighter weight classes. Fernandes, on the other hand, was just on his second fight as a pro after a two-year lay off. During their fight, he held his ground against the well-known Faber, controlling the early moments of the fight. Faber eventually turned the tides and won via 1st round doctor’s stoppage to retain his KOTC title.

“In the beginning of my fighting career, I fought Urijah. After my debut fight in Brazil and right away I fought Urijah Faber and that time I’m only a Jiu-jitsu guy,” Fernandes recalls their fight.

From there, they went on different ways. The leader of Team Alpha Male became a star in WEC, which led him to the UFC while Fernandes fought twice in Canada before making a living in Asia.

A window of opportunity for them to fight inside the Octagon came in 2012. Fernandes was primed to make his Octagon debut in UFC 149 – two years after the UFC opened its gates to lighter weight classes. Unfortunately, it didn’t push through as he chose to sign with ONE FC banner to provide better for his family.

Faber is set to fight for the last time against Brad Pickett for UFC Fight Night: Sacramento, Faber’s hometown. While it may be a long shot for Fernandes’ wish to come true, he believes that when it happens, it will be a lot different than their first encounter.

“I have a lot of respect for Urijah, but the time I fought Urijah in the past was not right. Like my manager said ‘Oh, go fight Urijah for the title of the King of the Cage, ‘” says Fernandes.

“But today, I want to see how I match up now with him.”
 

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