Thursday, January 28, 2010
B.C. Trained Bibiano Fernandes vs. Joachim Hansen Officially Confirmed for DREAM.13, on March 22nd.
DREAM has now officially announced that Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen (19-8-1, #10 LW) will drop down from lightweight to face their featherweight champion, Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes (7-2, #5 FW), at DREAM.13 on March 22nd.
This fight is of particular interest to B.C. MMA fans, of course, because Fernandes, a Brazilian by birth, currently trains out of Langley's Revolution Martial Arts. The fight will be televised on HDNet and is set to take place at the 17,000 spectator capacity Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.
Fernandes burst onto the international MMA scene by winning DREAM's 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix. He did so against daunting odds to become the promotion's first ever 139lb. champion. Note: featherweight bouts in North America are contested at 145lbs. This will mark the first fight at featherweight for Norway's Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen who has built up an impressive career resume at lightweight. It's possible he feels that a move to the lower weight class will allow him to impose himself physically on smaller opponents, but perhaps Hansen has also finally had enough of butting heads with his greatest DREAM rival at lightweight, Shinya Aoki (23-4, #2 LW).
A win over Hansen would easily be the most significant of Bibiano Fernandes' MMA career, which makes the now-official DREAM.13 event on March, 22nd a can't-miss event for B.C. MMA fans.