The planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion has inked Bibiano Fernandes (Pictured) to a multi-fight contract and they aren’t wasting any time in putting the now-former Dream bantamweight champion to work. On Monday, it was announced the Brazilian will battle Roland Delorme at UFC 149.
It appears financial woes have forced Dream to close its doors, which afforded Fernandes the opportunity to take his talents stateside. After losing the Dream featherweight belt to Hiroyuki Takaya, “The Flash” shed 10 pounds and ran through Dream’s Bantamweight Grand Prix like a freight train.
The 32-year-old posted a TKO victory over veteran Antonio Banuelos in the tournament finals in December to capture the crown.
Delorme, who is a former “The Ultimate Fighter 14” cast member, is perfect through his first two professional scraps inside the Octagon. After beating Josh Ferguson in the show’s live finale, the Canadian rallied to submit Nick Denis at “UFC on FOX 3.”
The 135-pound shootout will take place in the card’s prelims.
Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta hosts the UFC’s return to Canada.
Here are the athletes slated to appear in the show:
Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Roland Delorme
Claude Patrick vs. James Head
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. TBD
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Chris Clements
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
Erik Koch vs. Jose Aldo (UFC featherweight champion)