2012 World MMA Bantamweight Scouting Report: #5 - Fabiano Fernandes

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Name: 22px-flag_of_brazil Fabiano Fernandes
Nickname: Soldado
Age: < 30
Height: 5'9"
Location:
Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is a guest post by Rory MacLeod (smoogy)

Fighting out of the Niteroi region of Rio de Janeiro, Fabiano Fernandes (4-0) is one of the young, emerging beneficiaries of a rapid explosion in interest for Brazilian MMA. Training under the colorful Muay Thai instructor Heggas Zulu, Soldado has quickly made a transition from conquering the local amateur kickboxing circuit in Niteroi to providing dominant performances in some of the biggest MMA events in Rio.

Fabiano's main mode of fighting is to post up at a distance and counter his opponent's offense with his orthodox power Muay Thai. As an experienced kickboxer with good conditioning, he has the composure and quickness to check incoming strikes, but it's his uncanny takedown defense and stifling top control that really impress.

A combination of strong hips and sound technique mean that most of his opponents' shots end up with Soldado on top, using his wide base to hold the position and pound his victims into submission. And if they do escape back to their feet, Soldado's high-paced barrage of punch-kick combinations forces them back to shooting for increasingly desperate takedowns. While it remains to be seen how he would fare against a great wrestler, Soldado's imposing skill set has seen all his fights end via TKO from mount.

With his effective style of MMA, Fabiano has toppled more experienced grapplers like Janailson Lima (23-13) and attracted the attention of Brazilian MMA luminary Wallid Ismail. The BJJ legend placed him on October's Jungle Fight 33 card held in the infamous City of God district of Rio, where Soldado recorded another dominant TKO victory. Such a performance surely deserves an encore? With Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion John Lineker (19-5) rumoured to be vacating the title, an extended run in Brazil's biggest fight series seems like an ideal opportunity for an overachieving 135lb fighter like Fabiano. Considering how quickly he's established himself as a force on the Rio circuit, chances are it won't be long before Soldado is fighting for the title.

Video footage of Fabiano Fernandes in action after the jump.

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Fabiano Soldado vs. Atila Lourenco
Jungle Fight 33 - October 22, 2011

Fabiano Soldado vs. Janailson Kevin Pereira Lima
Fatality Arena - January 24, 2010 - Debut

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