Genaro Valdez

El Rayadito


First UFC fight set
October 12, 2021
Valdez will take on Matt Frevola in a lightweight bout at UFC 270 on Jan. 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Valdez was able to defeat Patrik White at last week's Tuesday Night Contender Series to earn a UFC contract. He will get his first shot against Frevola, who is coming off getting knocked out in seven seconds back in June and is 3-2 in his last five bouts.
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Earns contract after wild fight
October 5, 2021
Valdez defeated Patrik White via TKO (punches) at 0:44 of Round 2 on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of four fighters to receive an official UFC contract.
Valdez entered this contest as roughly a 9:1 betting favorite, but he had his work cut out for him early. White hardly looked the part of that big of an underdog and came forward relentlessly with countless hard shots that almost pulled the upset. Both the chin and cardio of Valdez held up, however, and he was able to crack and exhausted opponent in Round 2 and send him to the canvas. A few follow-up shots ended the proceedings. The striking defense of Valdez will be worth monitoring, as holding his chin up like he did Tuesday is a dangerous way to go about your business, but he'll be an exciting prospect nonetheless. Also worth checking up on is a potential hand injury that sent him to the hospital and may delay his official debut.