Anthony Hernandez


June 26 bout booked
March 18, 2021
Hernandez will be taking on Puna Soriano in a middleweight bout at the UFC event June 26, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Hernandez stunned Rodolfo Vieira via submission back on Feb. 13 in his last time in the Octagon. A win against Soriano would move Hernandez's record with the UFC to 3-2. Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year, but it certainly didn't affect him in his bout with Vieira.
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Pulls massive upset in Vegas
February 13, 2021
Hernandez defeated Rodolfo Vieira via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:53 of Round 2 at UFC 258 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
For those scoring at home, Hernandez by submission was +3000. That's what happens when the biggest underdog on the card (+385) pulls the upset on a former multi-time BJJ world champion. Hernandez was in all sorts of trouble just moments after the opening bell rang, but somehow managed to survive. The embarrassing conditioning of Vieira was the story of the remainder of the fight. Hernandez battered the exhausted Brazilian before choking him out in the early stages of Round 2. Yes, Vieira was clearly compromised and essentially unable to defend himself in the final moments of the bout, but submitting a mat specialist of his pedigree is a big, big deal. There's an extreme likelihood this goes down as Hernandez's most notable moment with the company, and there's nothing wrong with that. The 27-year-old California native has now alternated wins and losses in his first four UFC bouts. He also picked up a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Fight pushed to February
January 2, 2021
Hernandez's upcoming fight against Rodolfo Vieira was moved from Jan. 16 to Feb. 13, the fighter announced on his personal Instagram page Friday.
The fight was delayed after Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19, but he evidently expects that he can get back into fighting shape after a relatively brief delay. He'll be looking for his second career UFC victory when he finally gets the chance to step into the Octagon again.
Looking to bounce back
November 20, 2020
Hernandez will face Rodolfo Vieira in a middleweight bout at the UFC event Jan. 16, reports.
Hernandez will be making his first appearance since falling via TKO to Kevin Holland on May 16. "Fluffy" will be looking to move his UFC record to 2-2 against Rodolfo Vieira, who owns a perfect 7-0 career MMA record. Hernandez will have a slight reach advantage.
Lasts 39 seconds in Jacksonville
May 16, 2020
Hernandez lost to Kevin Holland via TKO (strikes) at 0:39 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
It's a concerning result for Hernandez in what began as a pick 'em fight. Known as a submission specialist, Hernandez had no answer for the length and power of Holland. Hernandez had never been knocked out in his professional career prior to Saturday, so this result -- or at least how it happened -- appears to be the result of nothing more than one debilitating knee to the gut from Holland. Hernandez has now alternated wins and losses in his first three UFC bouts.
Fight back on
April 27, 2020
Hernandez's bout against Kevin Holland on May 16 has been reinstated, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAToday reports.
This fight was originally expected to take place at Tachi Palace Resort and Casino prior to the UFC postponing the scheduled events due to COVID-19. However, the event is now back on in Jacksonville. Hernandez lost his promotional debut versus Markus Perez, but is coming off his first UFC victory over Jun Yong Park via submission, His opponent, Holland, lost is most recent fight to Brendan Allen