Despite taking his Octagon debut on just three weeks notice, Alexander Hernandez never expected anything short of a thrilling victory at UFC 222 vs. Beneil Dariush.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Hernandez knocked out Dariush less than a minute into their bout, earning himself a “Performance of the Night” bonus and improving to 9-1 overall. He replaced Bobby Green for the bout, which aired live on FOX Sports 1.
“It’s exactly what we planned, it’s exactly what we saw, and we conquered,” Hernandez said (thanks to MMAjunkie for the quotes). “None of this was overwhelming. None of this seemed out of place. None of this seemed undeserved. The goal was never to enter the UFC, to win a fight in the UFC – the goal since Day One has been to own this organization. And that’s exactly what we’re on our way to do.
“It feels like a huge accomplishment. It feels beautiful, but this just feels like a piece of that process to the top. I never thought twice about this opportunity. I jumped on it and I was ready for it. The weight was right, cardio was right and we’re always training to be the best.”
Hernandez is already looking towards his return to the Octagon, as the 25-year-old from San Antonio was uninjured in the quick fight vs. Dariush.
“I think it was a great statement,” Hernandez said. “I think the showcase of a short-notice fight against someone who was top 10, top 15, wherever he’s at in an opening fight, and knock him out in under a minute, I think that’s an excellent statement.”