Alexander Hernandez open to Paddy Pimblett matchup to cap off 2021 after quick KO win

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCAlexander Hernandez is coming off of a vicious first-round knockout win and he wants to compete again before 2021 comes to a close. While there’s a lot of interesting options, he’s open to a matchup with a lightweight who made a big impact in his octagon debut. Hernandez returned for the second time in 2021 and knocked out short-notice opponent Mike Breeden in 80 seconds at UFC Vegas 38 to get back in the win column. “The Great” bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to Thiago Moises a little over seven months earlier and initially called for a fight with his originally scheduled opponent, Leonardo Santos. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Hernandez was asked about another potential opponent option that was mentioned quite frequently by listeners of On To the Next One in Paddy Pimblett, who is coming off of a first-round finish of Luigi Vendramini at September’s UFC Vegas 36 event. “Damn, that’s pretty cool, that actually makes me wanna see it too,” Hernandez said of the suggestion. “In my mind, I kind of want to see him win another one to build it up, but who knows if he wins another one? Maybe take it now while it’s hot, take it while the skillet’s cooking. “In my mind, initially, despite his media glamour and everything, I kind of want him to earn it more, but I don’t give a damn. That would boost my stock too. That would be a great fight.” All in all, Hernandez doesn’t really care who he fights as along as his activity increases, including taking a short-notice opportunity should a fellow 155er have to withdraw before year’s end. Since signing with the UFC in 2018, the 29-year-old has only fought twice per year, much less than he would like to. After winning his first two octagon appearances against Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Hernandez has flip-flopped wins and losses over his next six bouts. Coming off of the loss to Moises, a fight that left a bad taste in his mouth — especially since he believed he had done enough to win — along with his recent inactivity, Hernandez had some admitted frustrations he needed to let out and Breeden was the unfortunate target. “I had a chip on my shoulder after that last one because we thought we had it, we thought we did enough, but maybe we didn’t do enough,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t have enough intensity and I’m a lot better than that so I was frustrated. I told myself after that fight that I would never let myself fall short like that again, in the sense of physicality or intensity. “I took that decision constructively, went back, got really grimy in the gym and I was ready. I was waiting seven months for a fight and finally got this opportunity, then the opponent falls out, and thinking I was gonna lose the fight, but thank god for Glory [MMA] and Mike Breeden for filling in. But it was like a purging let loose, so it was good to get it out.”

Alexander Hernandez open to Paddy Pimblett matchup to cap off 2021 after quick KO win
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Alexander Hernandez is coming off of a vicious first-round knockout win and he wants to compete again before 2021 comes to a close. While there’s a lot of interesting options, he’s open to a matchup with a lightweight who made a big impact in his octagon debut.

Hernandez returned for the second time in 2021 and knocked out short-notice opponent Mike Breeden in 80 seconds at UFC Vegas 38 to get back in the win column. “The Great” bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to Thiago Moises a little over seven months earlier and initially called for a fight with his originally scheduled opponent, Leonardo Santos.

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Hernandez was asked about another potential opponent option that was mentioned quite frequently by listeners of in Paddy Pimblett, who is coming off of a first-round finish of Luigi Vendramini at September’s UFC Vegas 36 event.

“Damn, that’s pretty cool, that actually makes me wanna see it too,” Hernandez said of the suggestion. “In my mind, I kind of want to see him win another one to build it up, but who knows if he wins another one? Maybe take it now while it’s hot, take it while the skillet’s cooking.

“In my mind, initially, despite his media glamour and everything, I kind of want him to earn it more, but I don’t give a damn. That would boost my stock too. That would be a great fight.”

All in all, Hernandez doesn’t really care who he fights as along as his activity increases, including taking a short-notice opportunity should a fellow 155er have to withdraw before year’s end. Since signing with the UFC in 2018, the 29-year-old has only fought twice per year, much less than he would like to. After winning his first two octagon appearances against Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Hernandez has flip-flopped wins and losses over his next six bouts.

Coming off of the loss to Moises, a fight that left a bad taste in his mouth — especially since he believed he had done enough to win — along with his recent inactivity, Hernandez had some admitted frustrations he needed to let out and Breeden was the unfortunate target.

“I had a chip on my shoulder after that last one because we thought we had it, we thought we did enough, but maybe we didn’t do enough,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t have enough intensity and I’m a lot better than that so I was frustrated. I told myself after that fight that I would never let myself fall short like that again, in the sense of physicality or intensity.

“I took that decision constructively, went back, got really grimy in the gym and I was ready. I was waiting seven months for a fight and finally got this opportunity, then the opponent falls out, and thinking I was gonna lose the fight, but thank god for Glory [MMA] and Mike Breeden for filling in. But it was like a purging let loose, so it was good to get it out.”

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Afghan promoter, MMA fighters flee country with help of UFC, Save Our Allies after Taliban takeover

Several MMA fighters made it out of Afghanistan earlier this week | Photo via Abdul Wasi SharifiMMA promoter Abdul Wasi Sharifi, Truly Grand Fighting Championship officials, and several fighters successfully made out of Afghanistan this past Sunday after Taliban took control of the country in August, Sharifi told MMA Fighting on Wednesday. MMA Fighting reported in September that Sharifi was being threatened by the Taliban after the group made MMA illegal earlier this year. Sharifi’s cry for help was heard and a group of approximately 30 people managed to leave Afghanistan and land in Abu Dhabi this week. “I finally fled from Afghanistan with my whole TGFC [crew] and their families,” Sharifi told MMA Fighting. “We are in Abu Dhabi since Sunday and waiting for our trip to the United States. Your interview, and around 48 website and TVs that copied your news and broadcast it, helped me to get out. I’m very thankful to you, UFC and SaveOurAllies.org, who helped tell [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard and Dana [White] about our situation.” Chad Robichaux, a former Bellator and Strikeforce fighter who has served in Afghanistan, has been helping to rescue people since Taliban took control in August. Sharifi said Robichaux reached out to the UFC president and the matchmakers and that the UFC “made it happen.” Both White and Maynard will be in Abu Dhabi next week for UFC 267, which goes down Oct. 30 in United Arab Emirates, where Sharifi hopes to meet them in person. “They help us too much and I help my fighters get out as well,” Sharifi said. The group of 30 people includes six women and five kids, as well as professional MMA fighters Qudratullah Mohammadi, Tamim Sharifi, Zaki Rasooli, Qasim Rahimi and Mohammad Yaqoob Sharifi. The TGFC HR director and assistant, graphic designer, medical team, finance team, event commissioners and their families also left Afghanistan. Sharifi said Save Our Allies has “requested me to list true fighters for them to evacuate” next.

Afghan promoter, MMA fighters flee country with help of UFC, Save Our Allies after Taliban takeover
Several MMA fighters made it out of Afghanistan earlier this week | Photo via Abdul Wasi Sharifi

MMA promoter Abdul Wasi Sharifi, Truly Grand Fighting Championship officials, and several fighters successfully made out of Afghanistan this past Sunday after Taliban took control of the country in August, Sharifi told MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

MMA Fighting reported in September that Sharifi was being threatened by the Taliban after the group made MMA illegal earlier this year. Sharifi’s cry for help was heard and a group of approximately 30 people managed to leave Afghanistan and land in Abu Dhabi this week.

“I finally fled from Afghanistan with my whole TGFC [crew] and their families,” Sharifi told MMA Fighting. “We are in Abu Dhabi since Sunday and waiting for our trip to the United States. Your interview, and around 48 website and TVs that copied your news and broadcast it, helped me to get out. I’m very thankful to you, UFC and SaveOurAllies.org, who helped tell [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard and Dana [White] about our situation.”

Chad Robichaux, a former Bellator and Strikeforce fighter who has served in Afghanistan, has been helping to rescue people since Taliban took control in August. Sharifi said Robichaux reached out to the UFC president and the matchmakers and that the UFC “made it happen.” Both White and Maynard will be in Abu Dhabi next week for UFC 267, which goes down Oct. 30 in United Arab Emirates, where Sharifi hopes to meet them in person.

“They help us too much and I help my fighters get out as well,” Sharifi said.

The group of 30 people includes six women and five kids, as well as professional MMA fighters Qudratullah Mohammadi, Tamim Sharifi, Zaki Rasooli, Qasim Rahimi and Mohammad Yaqoob Sharifi. The TGFC HR director and assistant, graphic designer, medical team, finance team, event commissioners and their families also left Afghanistan. Sharifi said Save Our Allies has “requested me to list true fighters for them to evacuate” next.

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