For Daniel Barez, it is time to reward his long career and continue with the great moment that Spaniards are experiencing in the UFC. But first he has to beat the fighter of Mexican origin, Carlos Hernández (6-1) this Tuesday in the Dana White’s Contender Series.
“I have invested a lot of time, money and years in this and for me it is like being in an amusement park to have this opportunity. The truth is that I had a fairly complete fight and I needed to be able to show what I can be for and what I can give of myself. “, said the Valencian in an interview with ESPN Sports.
The 32-year-old made his professional debut in 2012 and is 12-4. He has gone through international promotions such as BAMMA and Combate Americas, where he decided to take the leap to be closer to the UFC. There he beat the Mexican Iván Hernández and the Brazilian Joao Camilo.
The Spanish MMA community has shown him their support since his fight was announced and today, more than ever exponents such as Ilia Topuria, Joel Álvarez and Juan Espino are in force, as well as his friend Enrique Marín, finalist of the second season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.
“Totally, thanks to them the range of people who support this sport in Spain has opened up more. In addition to Wasabi (Enrique Marín) who was the first to arrive at the UFC, if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be there,” he acknowledged.
As for Hernández, of Mexican origin, but born in Chicago, where he trains with coach Mike Valle, he expects a rival to challenge him in any area of the Octagon.
“He is a very complete fighter, with a very good amateur fight. As a professional he has six victories in a row after losing in the first, he has a good fight, good striking, good orientation and it is going to be a good fight, the truth is,” he added.
The Iberian does not have a speech planned to convince White to give him a contract, but he hopes to speak with his performance inside the cage.
Barez and Hernández weighed in at 126 and 125.5 pounds, respectively, and will be the co-main event of the Dana White’s Contender Series this Tuesday (8pm ET on ESPN +), where welterweights Shimon Smotritsky and Mike Malott will star.