After months of bitching and waiting, DREAM featherweight champ Bibiano Fernandes has finally been paid by FEG for his fight against Joachim Hansen seven month ago. But if they thought that squaring their debt meant everything would be cool again, they wuz wrong. Here’s Fernandez saying nuh-uh:
They called me and said they wanted me to fight on the 25th event. Are you nuts? I said: “You just paid me, you didn’t even talk to me before and now you want me to fight? I’m a professional. This is my life, this is what I do for a living, it’s not like that”. It’s not about the money, I want to make a good fight, I’m not training… Ok, I’m training, but I’m not on the level to fight. I told they it doesn’t work like that, I’m not conditioned, I’m not on the right rhythm, I won’t fight. I’ll go to Brazil and see my father, my family, so maybe next time”. They started saying thing and claiming they’d give me things and I said: “I won’t fight. You said you’d pay me in 20 days and only six months later you actually paid me. You want me to fight, but no. I appreciate it, but maybe next time”. Let’s see how things get.
Things might not get better any time soon. FEG is currently holding their breath waiting for last-ditch capital to flow from it’s iffy deal with Chinese investment firm PUJI. If those guys don’t like what they see (and what’s to like – the dropping attendence, low ratings, or incompetant management?), there might not be another DREAM event for Bibiano to fight at.