In this UFC debut, Alexander Hernandez announced his presence by knocking out Beneil Dariush in less than a minute.
For an encore, Hernandez showed that not only is he not a one-hit wonder, but he’s an up-and-comer to be reckoned with in the UFC’s lightweight division.
Hernandez showed a complete game in picking off a hot fighter in Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC on FOX 30. The judges’ scores at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, were 30-27 and a pair of 29-28s for a unanimous decision.
The San Antonio-based fighter improved to 10-1 with his fourth career decision win.
Hernandez appeared in a rush for another fast finish at the outset, as he moved forward and pressed the action. Aubin-Mercier (11-3), who brought a four-fight win streak into the bout, was able to parry the much of Hernandez’s offense, but Hernandez’s pressure kept Aubin-Mercier from mounting much offense of his own.
OAM appeared to make adjustments in the second round, as he used a sweet transition from a kimura attempt into a straight armbar that appeared to have Hernandez in trouble.
But Hernandez escaped, and later regained control after an odd stand-up call by referee Marc Goddard. Hernandez resumed control in the third, with a blend of aggression on the feet and sold grappling on on the mat.
Hernandez, for his part, didn’t seem overly impressed with his own performance.
“That wasn’t the performance I wanted,” Hernandez said. “But I’m glad to get the win. I’ll do a lot better next time.”