Alexander Hernandez

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Alexander Hernandez
Alexander Hernandez Jan 19, 2019.jpg
Alexander Hernandez Jan 19, 2019
BornAlexander Xavier Hernandez[1]
(1992-10-01) October 1, 1992 (age 29)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Other namesThe Great Ape
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight (155 lbs) (2014–present)
Featherweight (145 lbs) (2012–2013)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
Fighting out ofSan Antonio, Texas, United States
TeamOhana Academy [2]
Factory X (2020–present)[3]
TrainerJason Yerrington (2010–present)[3]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission2
By decision5
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Xavier Hernandez (born October 1, 1992)[1] is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[5]


Hernandez began wrestling at the age of 13 and started training in other martial arts as he progressed through education.[6] After graduating from Reagan High School, Alexander entered college from where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Finance out of University of Texas at San Antonio.[7][8] Hernandez worked as a mortgage loan officer as he was recovering from a MCL and meniscus injury.[5][9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hernandez compiled an amateur MMA record of 3–0 before making his professional debut in the spring of 2012.

He competed for various regional promotions such as Legacy Fighting Alliance and Resurrection Fighting Alliance and by 2018, he had amassed a 8–1 MMA record before signing with the UFC in early 2018.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Hernandez made his promotional debut as a short notice replacement filling in for Bobby Green against Beneil Dariush on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[10] Hernandez won the fight via knockout in the fight's opening minute.[11] He was awarded a $50,000 bonus for Performance of the Night.[12]

Hernandez next faced Olivier Aubin-Mercier on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[13] Hernandez won the fight by pushing a high-pace, scoring takedowns, strikes and successful top game to take a unanimous decision.[14][15]

Hernandez was expected to face Francisco Trinaldo on January 26, 2019 at UFC 233.[16] However, Hernandez was pulled from that fight in favor of a bout with former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone a week earlier at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw.[17] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[18] For their performance, both participants were awarded Fight of the Night.[19]

Hernandez faced Francisco Trinaldo on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4, which took place in Hernandez's home state of Texas.[20] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[21] The fight was the subject of much debate, with 11 of 13 media outlets scoring the bout in favor of Trinaldo.[22]

Hernández was expected to face Islam Makhachev on April 18, 2020 at UFC 249.[23] However, Russia restricted air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Makhachev was removed from the event and he was replaced by Omar Morales.[24] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed[25] and rescheduled to May 13, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira facing Drew Dober instead.[26] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.[27]

Hernández faced Chris Gruetzemacher on October 31, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 181.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[29] This win earned him Performance Fight of the Night award.[30]

Hernández faced Thiago Moisés on February 27, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 186.[31] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Hernández was scheduled to face Leonardo Santos on October 2, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 193.[33] However, Santos was forced to pull from the event, citing calf injury and he was replaced by Mike Breeden.[34] At the weigh-ins, Mike Breeden weighed in at 158.5 pounds, two and a half pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and Breeden was fined 20% which went to Hernandez.[35] Hernandez won the fight via knockout in round one.[36]

Hernández faced Renato Moicano Feb 12, 2022 at UFC 271.[37] He lost the bout via rear-naked choke in the second round.[38]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 13 wins 5 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 2 1
By decision 5 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–5 Renato Moicano Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 271 February 12, 2022 2 1:23 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 13–4 Mike Breeden KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker October 2, 2021 1 1:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (158.5 lb) bout; Breeden missed weight.
Loss 12–4 Thiago Moisés Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane February 27, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 Chris Gruetzemacher KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva October 31, 2020 1 1:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 11–3 Drew Dober TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira May 13, 2020 2 4:25 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 11–2 Francisco Trinaldo Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards July 20, 2019 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss 10–2 Donald Cerrone TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 2 3:43 Brooklyn, New York, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–1 Olivier Aubin-Mercier Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 9–1 Beneil Dariush KO (punch) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 1 0:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 8–1 Derrick Adkins TKO (punches) LFA 27 November 10, 2017 3 1:53 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight (160 lb) bout; Adkins missed weight.
Win 7–1 Chris Pecero Submission (rear-naked choke) RFA 41 July 29, 2016 1 1:27 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 6–1 Rodrigo Sotelo Jr. Submission (rear-naked choke) Hero FC: Best of the Best 6 September 26, 2015 1 4:44 El Paso, Texas, United States Won the Hero FC Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Jacob Capelli Decision (unanimous) Hero FC : Best of the Best 4 January 17, 2015 3 3:00 Brownsville, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 Martin Walker TKO (punches) Hero FC: Best of the Best 3 September 12, 2014 1 2:59 Brownsville, Texas, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 3–1 Joel Scott Decision (unanimous) Hero FC: Texas Pride September 28, 2013 3 3:00 Beaumont, Texas, United States
Loss 2–1 Jamall Emmers Decision (split) Hero FC: Pride of the Valley 2 June 21, 2013 3 5:00 Pharr, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 David Salazar TKO (punches) El Orgullo del Valle March 16, 2013 1 0:34 Pharr, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Dimitre Ivy Decision (unanimous) Kickass Productions October 20, 2012 3 3:00 Seguin, Texas, United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: October 31, 2020
  2. ^ John Elizondo (July 8, 2019). "Hometown fighter ready to shine in San Antonio UFC event".
  3. ^ a b Thomas Gerbasi (October 28, 2020). "Alexander Hernandez Decides To Go Big". Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  4. ^ "Alexander Hernandez | UFC". Retrieved March 5, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Alexander Hernandez". Archived from the original on March 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Roy Bragg (March 8, 2018). "Rocky Balboa of New Braunfels, except that Alexander Hernandez won". San Antonio Express-News.
  7. ^ Mendoza, Madalyn; (2018-03-08). "San Antonio fighter shines in UFC debut, celebrates $50K bonus in Las Vegas". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  8. ^ Lena Blietz (June 25, 2019). "Local UFC Fighter Says He's "Greatest in the World"".
  9. ^ "Rocky Balboa of New Braunfels, except that Alexander Hernandez won". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  10. ^ Staff (2018-02-23). "Beneil Dariush draws newcomer as replacement opponent at UFC 222". Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  11. ^ "UFC 222 results: Alexander Hernandez KOs Beneil Dariush in big way – after sneaky opening". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  12. ^ a b Tristen Critchfield (2018-03-04). "UFC 222 bonuses: Ortega, O'Malley, Soukhamthath, Hernandez earn $50K checks". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  13. ^ "Alexander Hernandez vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier slated for UFC on FOX 30". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  14. ^ "Alexander Hernandez beat Olivier Aubin-Mercier in the cage – and the beating continued afterward". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-29. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  15. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: Alexander Hernandez earns decision over Olivier Aubin-Mercier". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  16. ^ "Report: Alexander Hernandez steps in for Islam Makhachev against Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 233". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  17. ^ Mike Bohn (2018-12-08). "Donald Cerrone meets Alexander Hernandez in return to lightweight for ESPN featured bout Jan. 19". Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  18. ^ Dave Doyle (2019-01-19). "UFC Brooklyn results: Donald Cerrone schools upstart Alexander Hernandez". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  19. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2019-01-20). "UFC Brooklyn bonuses: Donald Cerrone pockets $100K in successful lightweight return". Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  20. ^ "Alexander Hernandez vs. Francisco Trinaldo Added to UFC San Antonio". 13 June 2019.
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  23. ^ Alexander, Mookie (2020-03-02). "Alexander Hernandez vs. Islam Makhachev slated for UFC 249". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
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  27. ^ Richardson, Andrew (2020-05-13). "Dober Hammers Hernandez For TKO Win!". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  28. ^ "UFC adds Alexander Hernandez vs. Chris Gruetzemacher to Oct. 31 lineup". MMA Junkie. 2020-10-05. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  29. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2020-10-31). "UFC Vegas 12 video: Alexander Hernandez shreds Chris Gruetzemacher in under two minutes". Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  30. ^ a b Anderson, Jay (2020-10-31). "UFC Vegas 12 Bonuses: Big Finishes by Yanez, Hernandez Lead the Pack". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  31. ^ Nolan King and Mike Bohn (2021-01-21). "UFC adds Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises to Feb. 27 card". Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  32. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-02-27). "UFC Vegas 20 Results: Thiago Moises Gets the Better of Alexander Hernandez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  33. ^ Heck, Mike (2021-08-11). "Alexander Hernandez vs. Leonardo Santos set for Oct. 2 UFC event". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  34. ^ Dorff, Marcel (2021-09-24). "Mike Breeden vervangt Leonardo Santos tegen Alexander Hernandez op 2 oktober". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  35. ^ "UFC Fight Night 193 weigh-in results: Three fighters miss, one bout canceled". MMA Junkie. 2021-10-01. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  36. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2021-10-02). "UFC Vegas 38 Results: Alexander Hernandez Executes Stunning KO of Mike Breeden". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
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  39. ^ (20 January 2019). "UFC on ESPN+ 1 bonuses: Donald Cerrone takes home $100K for TKO win". MMAmania. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
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