Alexander Hernandez will have the biggest fight of his career in the featured
Hernandez is set to step into the cage against the UFC’s all-time leader in wins, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Cerrone comes off a submission victory over Mike Perry this past November. Hernandez has won both of his fights under the UFC banner, making a splash in his late-notice debut against talented veteran Beneil Dariush with a 42-second knockout in March.
With a win over Cerrone so early in his UFC run, he could shoot right to the top of a deep talent pool at 155 pounds. Speaking to media ahead of the fight, Hernandez agreed that this will be a passing of the torch moment against Cerrone in Brooklyn. However, he predicts the affair will be a violent one (via MMAjunkie):
“Absolutely (it’s a passing-of-the-torch moment),” Hernandez said. “With all due respect to him, it’s going to be a violent handoff. I think that he’s presented himself as an active participant and entertainer. I’m on my way to the throne and about to enter the new age.”
The 26-year-old doesn’t think Cerrone accepting a fight with him was in the former 155-pound title challenger’s best interest. But he’s grateful that Cerrone ultimately opted to do so:
“I’m extraordinarily gracious that he would accept a fight with me,” Hernandez said. “I don’t think it’s in his best interest, but I thank those (expletive) ‘Cowboy’ balls for accepting. Hat’s off to him.
“I do have respect for him, but there’s a difference between watching a guy on the screen and standing across from him in the octagon. I will be the most disrespectful man he could ever look across from on Saturday night.”