It appears someone at the Zuffa offices jumped the gun last week when the organization reported bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes had inked a deal with the UFC and would make his debut on July 21 in Calgary against Roland Delorme. However, as it turns out, Fernandes will not be fighting at UFC 149, hasn’t signed anything, and isn’t likely to be heading to the Octagon at any point in the immediate future.
“Negotiations between the UFC and myself did take place; however, we could not resolve the issues on the table and as a result we did not come to an agreement,” wrote Fernandes on his Facebook page.
According to Fuel TV reporter Ariel Helwani via Twitter, Fernandes was offered a better deal by Asian MMA promotion One FC and seems set to sign their contract instead.
Fernandes holds an 11-3 record with success in the ring against Joe Warren, Antonio Banuelos, Masakazu Imanari, and Joachim Hansen. He is currently on a three-fight winning streak including a pair of bouts on the same night as part of the DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix. The 32-year old Brazilian also previously held the now-defunct organization’s featherweight title as well.
His full statement can be found below:
“I would like to make perfectly clear the news concerning my involvement with the UFC. It was announced that I, Bibiano Fernandes have been contracted to fight for the organization at UFC 149 which will take place in the city of Calgary on the 21st of July. I would like to make it clear that I am not a UFC athlete as I did not sign any contract with the UFC organization.”
“Negotiations between the UFC and myself did take place; however, we could not resolve the issues on the table and as a result we did not come to an agreement The recent reports that have been circulating in the media are false, contrary to what is being said, I am not a UFC athlete.”
“I did not find the terms set before me by the UFC beneficial to my family and as a result an agreement could not be reached and no contract was signed. It should be noted that the UFC is the largest MMA organization in the world. However, my personal and professional obligations have brought me to the decision that I will not be a part of the UFC organization at this point in time. The day that an agreement is reached and the terms set forth are beneficial to both parties involved, I will have the most pleasure and satisfaction to fight for the organization while always representing my beloved country.”
PHOTO CREDIT – DREAM