But the popular “Cowboy” taught the youngster a lesson or two about respecting your elders on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
Cerrone picked the San Antonio native apart in a lightweight matchup before earning a second-round TKO. The time of the stoppage was 3:43.
With the victory, Cerrone added to his UFC wins record with his 22nd Octagon victory and his UFC finishes mark (16). It was his 30th career UFC fight, joining Jim Miller as the only fighter to reach that mark.
“It feels good to be back at 155. That was my 40th Zuffa fight. Can I get an applause for that, please? The old man’s still got it.” Cerrone said.
Hernandez came out flying out of the gate, looking to set a furious pace. Cerrone ate a few from the game up-and-comer, but circled away until he could figure out his range.
And when he did, it turned into a bad time for Hernandez. Cerrone landed knees every time Hernandez closed the distance. Trademark high kicks and punches from all angles were a part of the mix as he picked Hernandez apart.
Hernandez survived to the second, but not much longer from there. He dropped Hernandez with another head kick, the put on the ground-and-pound beatdown until the bout was waved off.
Cerrone improved to 35-11 (1 NC). He’s won two straight and three of four. Hernandez (10-2) had an eight-fight win streak snapped and lost for the first time in the UFC.