It didn’t take long for the vultures to swoop in and start picking away at the choice remains of the DREAM organization who we revealed yesterday has now shut down, with the UFC quickly moving in to snap up their bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes.
The Brazilian had been with the Japanese promotion for a number of years, first winning their featherweight grand-prix in 2009 and successfully defending his title once before eventually losing it to again at the end of 2010.
Undeterred he then dropped down to bantamweight and again ended up the victor of DREAM’s bantamweight world GP last year, taking his overall career record to 13-3 in the process.
He hasn’t fought since though due to DREAM’s well documented problems behind the scenes which is unfortunate for a man of his talents.
Luckily he’s now got a chance to shine on the sport’s biggest stage and he’ll immediately be put to good use as he’s been lined up to face Roland Delorme at UFC 149 in July.
Overall, Fernandes is a good fighter who could make an impact in the 135lb weight class and it’ll be interesting to see if any other DREAM fighters follow him over to the UFC or other notable organizations like Strikeforce and Bellator in the coming weeks.