Former DREAM featherweight champ/grand prix winner Bibiano Fernandes decided to test the waters at bantamweight after losing his belt to Hiroyuki Takaya by decision in 2010, so he entered the 2011 DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix.
Defeating Takafumi Otsuka last September to advance to the semi-finals which, in addition to the finals, took place on December 31, 2011 at DREAM’s annual New Year’s Eve show in Japan (though you likely missed it, as it aired on the same night as UFC 141 due to the time difference between the States and Japan), this year titled Genki Desu Ka!!.
On the night at the Saitama Super Arena, Fernandes took out Rodolfo Marques by decision and then finished bantamweight veteran Antonio Banuelos in the first round of their finals match to win the very first DREAM bantamweight championship.
Check out video of the finals bout between Fernandes and Banuelos below.