Alexander Hernandez
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Inconsistent ways continue
LightweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Hernandez lost to Thiago Moises via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez looked shocked when Bruce Buffer announced the decision, which is surprising considering he clearly lost. Hernandez managed to keep it tight for about a round before Moises started to pull away. Hernandez, as always, looked cool and calm in what was essentially a kickboxing match, but the Brazilian did an excellent job of countering and exploding when an opportunity presented itself. Hernandez is blessed with well above-average physical gifts, but consistency has long been an issue here. Hernandez has now alternated losses and wins in his past five fights on the heels of victories over Beneil Dariush (knockout) and Olivier Aubin-Mercier (decision) in his first two UFC bouts.
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Matched with Thiago Moises
LightweightUFC
January 21, 2021
Hernandez will face Thiago Moises in a lightweight bout in Las Vegas on Feb. 27, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez owns a 4-2 record since joining the UFC in 2018. He bounced back from a run of two defeats in three fights by scoring a first-round TKO victory over Chris Gruetzemacher in October. Moises owns a rather similar 3-2 record with the promotion and is coming off a pair of wins, most recently winning by unanimous decision against Bobby Green on that same October card.
Rebounds with dominant win
LightweightUFC
October 31, 2020
Hernandez defeated Chris Gruetzemacher via TKO (punches) at 1:46 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a victory Hernandez had to have against an opponent who hadn't fought in nearly two and a half years, and he got it in resounding fashion. Hernandez clipped Gruetzemacher with a quick jab and some vicious follow up shots before referee Mark Smith jumped in to call it off. Hernandez has struggled with consistency throughout the course of his brief UFC run, but this is a kid who turned just 28 years old earlier this month and already has bouts against plenty of high-end competition (Donald Cerrone, Beneil Dariush, Drew Dober) under his belt. It would be foolish to write Hernandez off given his youth and obvious physical gifts. This performance was also enough for Hernandez to take home one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses awarded Saturday evening.
Gets fight at end of October
LightweightUFC
October 5, 2020
Hernandez will take on Chris Gruetzemacher in a lightweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 31 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez was last in the Octagon in May when he lost via TKO to Drew Dober. He will hope to avoid dropping to .500 after his sixth career fight in the UFC.
Suspended 180 days by Florida commission
LightweightUFC
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.
Knocked out in Jacksonville
LightweightUFC
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.