Last year, the Chilean Ignacio Bahamondes had the best finish of the season in the Dana White’s Contender Series and now it is the turn of his teammate Carlos Hernández, who trains alongside him in Chicago and is also looking for a contract in the UFC, but in flyweight.
Hernández (6-1) faces seasoned Spaniard Daniel Barez, one of the prospects the promotion has followed in recent years.
“Daniel is very aggressive, but we are also ready to give a hundred. I feel good, I am going to shovel as I have always fought to get to this place, the rest is going to fall, we are going to win, to do the work tomorrow (Tuesday). You have to fight like a Mexican, but smart so that people like to see me fight, ”Hernández said in an interview with ESPN Deportes after the weigh-in.
Both fighters appeared in good condition and there is great expectation for another Latin duel, which in 2021 already gave contracts to Mexicans Víctor Altamirano and Daniel Zellhuber, Ecuadorian Michael Morales, Mexican-Americans CJ Vergara and Víctor Martínez, and Carlos Candelario of origin boricua
In addition to Bahamondes, who has already earned his first UFC bonus with another spectacular knockout, Hernández has Mexican Mike Valle, Belal Muhammad, Felice Herrig, Horacio Gutiérrez and the next challenger to the 135-pound title Julianna Peña as an example in the gym. . “I take advice, little by little from them, they told me what to expect and things like that, I come ready to give everything,” he shared.
Carlos, 27, had an outstanding amateur career and then lost in his professional debut. sustains a six-win streak. Although he was born in the United States, he is proud to represent the homeland of his parents, both originally from Mexico.
“I was born in Chicago, but my father’s family is from Tabasco and Zacatecas, my mother’s is from León, Guanajuato, so we will be representing Mexican blood tomorrow,” he added.
Hernández and Barez weighed in at 125.5 and 126 pounds respectively and will be the co-feature of the Dana White’s Contender Series this Tuesday, where welterweights Shimon Smotritsky and Mike Malott will star.