Bibiano Fernandes may be the most decorated athlete in the history of the cage, but before he became a champion, he first cut his teeth as a decorated grappler. A man who used to stand at the pinnacle of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Fernandes’ famed accomplishments in the sport include 11 gold medals in elite competitions around the world such as the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which he won three times as a black belt in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
After a few early setbacks in his career against some of the biggest names in the world, Fernandes soon came into his own, becoming a two-division Grand Prix winner and champion with DREAM in Japan. He successfully debuted for ONE Championship in 2012, and soon went on to claim the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship with a win over Koetsu Okazaki in 2013.
The following year, he unified the belts by beating inaugural champion Soo Chul Kim via unanimous decision, prevailing in a thrilling battle to become the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion. Fernandes has since defended his title successfully multiple times, beating an ever-growing list of top contenders to remain undefeated since 2010.