Bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes turned heads this month by rejecting an offer from the UFC in favor of fighting for Asian organization ONE FC. While his decision may have confused many in the beginning, Fernandes has since come out to explain his rationale in a way actually making quite a bit of sense.
According to some recent statements from Fernandes, the contract with ONE FC appears to have been a bit more lucrative, and as the saying goes, “Money talks.”
“I don’t fight for me. I have people who rely on me. I’ve built what I had to build in MMA. It can be many people’s dream to fight in the UFC, but it ain’t mine. It’s all business to me,” explained the 32-year old grappler in an interview with TATAME. “I’ve dreamed about being a champion, I earned three belts: one in Canada and two in Japan. If you have a dream, keep dreaming. If you want to fight, keep on trying. But this I’ll tell you: worship yourself otherwise nobody else will. And it’s not only on the fighting business, but in everything in life. People use you, use you, use you and them throw you away like garbage.”
Fernandes will make his ONE FC debut on August 31 at the promotion’s upcoming card in the Philippines.
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