Hernandez faced Renato Moicano in a main card matchup at Saturday’s event at the Toyota Center in Houston and was submitted via rear naked choke in the second round. It was the first time in Hernandez’s 18-fight pro career that he was defeated by submission.
On Monday, the 28-year-old released a statement in regards to the loss via his Instagram page, beginning things by thanking the UFC and the fans from his home state of Texas, while also hoping to find some positivity in the career resurgence of the current UFC lightweight champion.
“I am, of course, extremely disappointed in myself,” Hernandez stated. “The brutality of this sport lies in the vulnerability of it all. That was a quick turn of events. Good counter combo and snag to the body he caught with that knee — hadn’t felt that before. Awesome job and hats off to my opponent.
“I don’t know what’s next. That one was pretty defeating. Maybe try my hand in digital art or fly drones for sport, I hear that’s making a killing. More seriously, I’ve got a lot to reflect on. The initial thoughts following the fight are not irrational but they’re unforgiving. Need time to level the head. Being part idiot and partly delusional, I’ll probably go at this thing one or two more times just to ensure all the screws are loose. We’ll see.
“Grateful to be truly LIVING and having the opportunity to fail to such great proportions. May the Charles Oliveira Gods grant me wisdom.”
Days before the event, Hernandez made headlines in a recent interview with MMA Fighting when he expressed his frustrations on the original placement of the lightweight bout on the PPV lineup. The matchup was originally scheduled to take place on the early ESPN+ prelims, but after Alex Perez’s weight miss led to his flyweight matchup with Matt Schnell to be scratched from the card, the promotion opted to bump the fight between Hernandez and Moicano to the main card.
Since bursting on the scene with a short notice first-round finish of Beneil Dariush at UFC 222, Hernandez has gone 4-4 inside the octagon — flip-flopping wins and losses throughout the eight fight stretch.