Bibiano Fernandes and Phil Baroni Draw One FC 5 Opponents


Dream featherweight champion Bibiano FernandesA day after learning that former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Jens Pulver would be making their One FC debuts in August, we have two more bouts to add to the promotion’s debut in the Philippines.

Former Dream champion Bibiano Fernandes, who recently signed with the promotion as well, has his first opponent in Gustavo Falciroli. UFC veteran Phil Baroni is also returning to the One FC fold for a fight against Rodrigo Ribeiro.

Both bouts are slated for One FC 5: Pride of a Nation on Aug. 31 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Fernandes (11-3) was a sought after free agent when Dream folded, the UFC and One FC both coming at him with offers, but he eventually decided to go with the Asian promotion, having spent the majority of his career fighting in Japan.

It will have been a bit of a layoff for Fernandes, who hasn’t fought since winning two fights in one night on Dec. 31 to become the Dream bantamweight champion.

He faces a difficult test for his first One FC bout in Gustavo Falciroli. Fighting out of Australia, Falciroli (12-3) has a strong submission game and has never been finished in his three defeats.

Baroni (14-15) will be making his second stop under the One FC banner, having lost to Yoshiyuki Yoshida when the promotion debuted last September in Singapore.

He was supposed to have fought Roger Huerta at One FC 4 in June, but suffered a TKO loss just three weeks prior to that event, and One FC didn’t want to risk his health.

Baroni squares of with Ribeiro, who carries a similar 9-9 record, but unlike “the New York Badass” brings a strong submission game to the table. He trains alongside Shinya Aoki and several other One FC fighters at Evolve MMA.

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