Welcome to the UFC: Alexander Hernandez
With the UFC coming to the T-Mobile arena in Las Vagas, Nevada for UFC 222 the card would lose out on a firefight of Beneil Dariush Vs. Bobby Green. Green would be forced to withdraw from his fight due to injury and as the show must go in the UFC brought in newcomer Alexander Hernandez reported by MMAFighting.
Alexander “The Great” Hernandez
From San Antonio, Texas
Trains out of Ohana Jiu-Jitsu
2 Submissions (rear-naked-choke)
How will Alexander Hernandez fare in the UFC:
Hernandez has trained in jiu-jitsu, boxing, and muay-thai but his MMA career he is a one-dimensional wrestler. Hernandez may only go to his wrestling but why not with the much success he had with it. It’s not that Alex is lost on the feet as he shown glimpses of footwork, kicks, and power in his hands but everything on the feet is used to close the distance. The wrestling is great along with the top position and even more his ground and pound. Hernandez is a power wrestler that can slam his opponents to the mat and can time his shoots very well. The best work he does is when he’s on top. He’s deceptively strong on the mat with his positioning and heavy pressure. Even though he only has two submissions he is very active in taking the back and threatening the choke. Being the strong grappler, Hernandez is smooth as well where the transitions come easily into mount where he will unleash fight-ending ground and pound being his very best aspect. Hernandez is only 25 and it may have been better to take another fight before getting signed as he was set to fight March 4th against Dez Hill. Hernandez is a good prospect and it may have been quick to many for his signing but it was gonna happen eventually.
How Alexander Hernandez matches up with Beneil Dariush:
Dariush is the #12 ranked lightweight and a tough outing for anyone in the division especially for someone making their debut. The big question is if Dariush can stop the takedowns and in 12 UFC fights he has only been taking down four times and defended 18 attempts. Hernandez hasn’t beat the best of competition only with a record of 30-19 and in his one step up in competition he lost to a good prospect Jamall Emmers where there is no footage of the fight to see how Alex did. He has proven his wrestling is a force on the regional scene but is unknown in terms of a high level mainly in someone in the top 15. Dariush is very well-rounded including a good striking which could be his key to victory here as Alex is still inexperienced there. I look for Dariush to win but I don’t count Hernandez out.