ONE FC 23 card update: Bibiano defends BW title against Kim, Brandon Vera vs Igor Subora

ONE FC 23 Bantamweight title Challenger Kim Dae-Hwan vs Champ Bibiano Fernandes
ONE FC 23 Bantamweight title Challenger Kim Dae-Hwan vs Champ Bibiano Fernandes

ONE FC 23 will take place in the fight country of the Philippines on December 5, 2014 as Brandon Vera makes his first fight with the promotion against URCC Champ Igor Subora. Plus, Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes will defend his title against Kim Dae-Hwan.


Vera’s presser appearances in the run up to his promotional debut saw Filippinos flocking to get a peek at the stalwart 9-year UFC veteran. While Vera’s appearances inside the cage haven’t been spectacular as of late, his draw in the Philippines can’t be denied.

Taking on the former URCC Champ Subora will mean Vera faces a younger, hungry up and comer, so both will need to bring their A games. Subora has the skills and guts to stand in front of Vera, no matter his fame, because he claims home turf in this one.

In the main event, Fernandes will make his second title defense since securing the strap in a unifier with Kim Soo-Chul. Fernandes last ended tournament winner Masakatsu Ueada’s title aspirations in May. The former DREAM Champ will face undefeated Kim Dae-Hwan.

Kim is a young monster who gets in the cage looking for a finish. He has brutal Muay Thai paired with excellent submissions. Kim’s notable wins have come over Jo Nam-Jin and most recently Kevin Belingon. However, Kim’s skills aren’t really the point. The question is will anyone ever beat Bibiano?


December 5, 2014
MOA Arena
Manila, Philippines

Streamed live on

Bantamweight Championship
Bibiano Fernandes vs Kim Dae-Hwan

Brandon Vera vs Igor Subora