Alexander Hernandez
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Facing Makhachev at UFC 249
LightweightUFC
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.
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Pulls off decision in lackluster affair
LightweightUFC
July 20, 2019
Hernandez defeated Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This was a questionable scorecard, but it was a fight neither man truly deserved to win. Henandez was tentative early, carefully picking his shots against the Brazilian in a first round that was largely a feeling out process. Neither fighter reached double-digit strikes landed, but Trinaldo landed with a knee near the end of the first that may have been enough to take the frame. The second round was more of the same. Hernandez did unsuccessfully attempt a takedown, and somewhere during the break he sustained a cut under his left eye. He landed a body kick near the bell, but it might not have been enough to even the scorecards after another uneventful round. It's fair to wonder how the Cerrone lost affected the psyche of Hernandez, as he continued to lack aggression in the final frame. He improves to 3-1 with the company, but this performance didn't inspire a ton of confidence moving forward.
Booked for UFC San Antonio
LightweightUFC
June 13, 2019
Hernandez has agreed to fight Francisco Trinaldo in a lightweight bout at UFC San Antonio July 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally supposed to happen at UFC 233, but Hernandez was forced to back out of the fight after being booked for UFC Brooklyn a week earlier.Now, the fight that's been a long time in the making looks to finally be coming into fruition. Hernandez is most recently coming off a loss to Donald Cerrone via TKO at UFC Fight Night 143 back in January that put an end to an eight-fight win streak.
Hammered by Cowboy Cerrone
LightweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Hernandez lost to Donald Cerrone via TKO (strikes) at 3:43 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
It's not Hernandez's time just yet. He was able to pop Cerrone with a few early shots but the good times ended there. His striking defense was not good and he was unable to turn the tide once Cowboy got going. Hernandez has a boatload of talent and a ton of upper-body strength but his conditioning needs some work and he remains a bit rough around the edges. The good news is that he is still just 26 years old and all that stuff will figure itself out. It won't make him feel any better about his performance, but this loss could be a net positive for Hernandez down the road.
Taking on Donald Cerrone
LightweightUFC
December 8, 2018
Hernandez will go up against Donald Cerrone at the UFC on ESPN+ 1 event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Jan. 19, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
His lightweight fight against "Cowboy" will be the headliner of this card. Hernandez will finish 2018 on an eight-bout winning streak, including victories over Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier this calendar year. Facing Cerrone will be a good test for the 26-year-old, though Cowboy has only managed to pick up a pair of wins in his last six outings.
Replacement at UFC 233
LightweightUFC
November 11, 2018
Hernandez has been booked to fight Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 233 on Jan. 26, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Trinaldo was originally scheduled to fight Islam Makhachev before Machachev was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Hernandez comes into this bout riding an eight-fight winning streak and an impressive 10-1 MMA record overall.