Taking on late notice replacement Mike Breeden on Saturday night, Hernandez was on the attack from the moment he was released from the corner as he sought to end the fight before giving his opponent any chance at an upset.
Hernandez was firing with power in both hands but it was a perfectly placed straight punch that initially rattled Breeden and sent him stumbling back towards the cage. From there, Hernandez just unloaded with a right hand that blasted Breeden on the side of the head and he went crashing to the ground as the referee swooped into stop the contest.
“I saw he was hurt,” Hernandez said about the finish. “I think the first takedown attempt, I kind of half-committed to it but I knew I hurt him on the break regardless. Hit him with an elbow on the break and that led to the downfall.”
Hernandez was one of the biggest favorites heading into the card but he still had to back up that status with his performance. With the way he just tore through Breeden like a tornado, Hernandez did his best to live up to those expectations.
Following his win, Hernandez then turned his attention back to Leonardo Santos, who was originally scheduled as his opponent at UFC Vegas 38 until an injury forced him out of the matchup.
“I’d like to fight Santos again,” Hernandez said. “I’ve been getting ready for him for eight plus weeks. I want my fight back.”