Valdez, García and Hernández provide Mexican night at Contender Series


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Valdez, García and Hernández provide Mexican night at Contender Series

Three contracts for the Mexicans in episode six of the fifth season of Dana White’s Series, with Genaro Valdéz from Los Cabos and Fernando García from Ciudad Juárez winning by knockout, and Carlos Hernández by split decision.

The night kicked off with a finishers bout between Valdez and White that met the KO’s expectation, though not what bettors expected, who had the Alaska native as an 8-1 favorite.

Valdez, who had UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno in the corner, came out to trade with the American, but they respected his hands, as his nine professional victories were by knockout. The one from Baja California sur closed the lock to the body and pressed for most of the first round and both were exhausted while still throwing punches.

The Mexican hooked him up and ripped off the mouth guard, which referee Herb Dena picked up, but was unable to stop the action until the end of the round. Genaro broke White’s teeth with a blow and took two cuts on his hands and thighs. That they did not stop their intention.

The tricolor went out to second without recovering one hundred percent, but in better condition than White, who he reconnected with both hands and sent to the canvas at 44 seconds. The fight ended and although he had to go to the hospital for the cut, Valdez got the first contract of the night.

The second was for ‘Fernie’ García, the El Paso-born lived most of his childhood in Ciudad Juárez and wanted to demonstrate his Mexican boxing. He played backlash with Josh Weems, who threatened him with low kicks, but responded hard with his right hand until he threw it down and finished with blows to the floor at 2:10 in the first round.

With everything and the last-minute change of rival for the positive covid of Paul Capaldo, García maintained his composure and now wants to debut in the UFC in December, if possible on the Brandon Moreno card to have the support of the Mexicans.

Finally, the native of Chicago, but son of Mexicans, Carlos Hernández took the decision divided in the fight with the greatest technical deployment of the night against the Spaniard Daniel Barez. He clearly lost the first round, but was able to adjust to fully control the second and in the third they both came out to deliver five minutes of intensity at flyweight.

Now he will follow in the footsteps of his partner, Ignacio Bahamondes in the Flow Striking Valley, who also got his contract last year.

In the star of the night, welterweight Mike Mallot submitted Shimon Smotritsky to a guillotine in just 39 seconds in the fourth contract of the night.

The only winners who will not be in the promoter will be Joseph Holmes, who received an invitation to the next chapter of Dana White’s Looking for a Fight in November.

With Valdéz’s contract, there are already three Mexican-born fighters to get their entry to the UFC this season, with Víctor Altamirano (CDMX) and Daniel Zellhuber (State of Mexico) awaiting their debut date.


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