Alexander Hernandez
The Great

USA

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 11/14/2020
Suspended 180 days by Florida commission
LightweightUFC
Out
May 14, 2020
Hernandez was suspended 180 days by the Florida Boxing Commission on Thursday pending a physician's clearance, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez was brutally finished in the second round Wednesday evening, and while Florida's commission doesn't disclose injury specifics, the maximum medical suspension is likely related to the TKO loss. Hernandez will need to get a physician's clearance if he wishes to fight again prior to mid-November.
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Knocked out in Jacksonville
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May 13, 2020
Hernandez lost to Drew Dober via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez's inconsistent ways continue. He was content to engage Dober -- a Muay Thai specialist -- in a kickboxing match and eventually paid for it. Hernandez landed his fair share of power shots but they simply didn't have the same impact as those Dober landed. Hernandez relied on the takedown when in trouble, but he was so tired he was unable to keep Dober on the mat for any significant length of time. Hernandez burst onto the UFC scene with a shocking 42-second knockout of Beneil Dariush just over two years ago, but he's been a .500 fighter (2-2) since. Hernandez won't turn 28 years of age until October, so there's still long-term upside.
Fighting in Jacksonville on May 13
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April 29, 2020
Hernandez is expected to take on Drew Dober on May 13 in Jacksonville, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez was supposed to fight Islam Makhachev on April 18, but Makhachev was removed from the bout due to travel issues. Omar Morales stepped up in his place, but the event was later cancelled due to the coronavirus. Hernandez will enter with a 3-1 record in the UFC.
Gets opponent for UFC 249
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April 6, 2020
Hernandez appears in line to take on Omar Morales in a lightweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez was originally slated to face Islam Makhachev at the event, but with Makhachev presumably unable to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC was left to search for a new opponent. They ultimately found one in Morales, who has just one fight with the company -- a decision over Dong Hyun Ma last December. Hernandez was a pretty sizable underdog for the original matchup, but given he's 3-1 with the UFC and has two post-fight bonuses to his name, it seems likely he'll enter as a betting favorite.
Needs new opponent at UFC 249
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April 6, 2020
Hernandez likely needs a new opponent for UFC 249 on April 18, as Islam Makhachev will presumably be unable to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
This could turn out to be a positive for Hernandez, who was listed as a (+290) betting underdog for the matchup against Makhachev. UFC brass still expects Hernandez to compete on the card, but he'll need a new opponent for the event. Look for Dana White to announce a location and fight card as early as this week.
Facing Makhachev at UFC 249
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March 1, 2020
Hernandez is expected to face Islam Makhachev in a lightweight bout at UFC 249 in Brooklyn on April 18, Nolan King and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com report.
ANALYSIS
The bout is not yet official, but both fighters have reached a verbal agreement. Hernandez defeated Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision at UFC San Antonio in July, but he overall didn't look great coming off the loss to Cowboy Cerrone in January 2019, so he has plenty of motivation to get fully back on track. Meanwhile, Makhachev is riding a six-fight win streak, most recently defeating Davi Ramos via unanimous decision at UFC 242 in September.