Some of you may remember Bibiano Fernandes from such MMA fights as ‘Make Joe Warren tap via armbar, give him the finger and then run out of the arena while giving him the finger again‘ and ‘Circle around Masakazu Imanari while he sits down in the middle of the Yokohama Arena.’ You may have been on the Bibiano Fernandes Frate Trane since his debut at Dream 7 back in 2009, but how many of you knew that his father abandoned him at the age of seven and the guy literally had to live in the jungles of Brazil when he should have been sitting in front of a television eating sugar-coated lard squares on a Saturday morning like the rest of us schlubs.
In an interview with Bleacher Report’s @mmaencyclopedia, ONE FC’s Bibiano Fernandes makes every person who has ever complained about not having a phone signal feel unbelievable amounts of embarrassment when he retells the story of his father abandoning him at the age of seven, forcing him to survive in the Amazon jungle for years.
It was mainly just looking for food. Hunting and scavenging. Me and a few of the other people also took care of our shelter to make sure we at least had a roof to protect us from the environment. Some days all he would eat were a few slices of fruit. Other days there were great slabs of meat. “We ate whatever we found. We would hunt and gather food. Shelter was built from trees and branches.
I had malaria on several occasions. I almost died. My father decided enough is enough and asked me to return to the city… I have no regrets about my past. I know my father did what he thought was best for us and I don’t have any hard feelings towards him. Life in the jungle made me strong and taught me many life skills some people will never experience.
You can read the entire interview here — that is if you feel like being depressed for the remainder of the week. Also, props to Fernandes for pulling off a Gennadiy Golovkin ‘Good Boy’ when we interviewed him in Singapore last year. This needs to happen more in MMA, folks.