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Volatility has defined the Anthony
Hernandez
market thus far.

The 28-year-old Californian will attempt to string together
back-to-back victories for the first time since he joined the

Ultimate Fighting Championship
roster when he toes the line
against organizational newcomer Josh Fremd
as part of the
UFC 273
undercard on Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
in Jacksonville, Florida. Hernandez has alternated wins and losses
in each of his past four appearances. He last competed at UFC 258,
where he stunned the combat sports community and submitted
multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Rodolfo
Vieira
in the second round of their Feb. 13 encounter.

As Hernandez moves ever closer to his three-round confrontation
with Fremd at 185 pounds, here are five things you might not know
about him:

1. Small-town America could not contain him.

Hernandez was born on Oct. 18, 1993 in Dunnigan, California—a
“census-designated place” of less than 1,500 people located roughly
90 miles northeast of San Francisco.

2. He gets to the point.

“Fluffy”—the nickname was given to him as an overweight
child—finished his first five professional opponents inside one
round, four of them with guillotine chokes, and did so in a little
more than 11 minutes combined. Hernandez needed just 51 seconds to
punch out Trey
Williams
in his pro debut at West Coast Fighting Championship
11 on Sept. 13, 2014.

3. He struck regional gold.

Hernandez remains one of only eight men who have captured the

Legacy Fighting Alliance
middleweight championship. Eryk Anders,
Markus
Perez
, Ian
Heinisch
, Brendan
Allen
, Gregory
Rodrigues
, Joshua
Silveira
and Osman Diaz
are the others. Only Silveira and Diaz have yet to appear in the
UFC.

4. Iron-sharpens-iron preparation fueled his development.

The former LFA titleholder trains with the MMA Gold Fight Team in
El Dorado Hills, California, where he has honed his skills
alongside a bevy of accomplished stablemates. They include Max Griffin,
Andrea
Lee
, Aspen Ladd,
Jamall
Emmers
and Tony Kelley.
Hernandez has also spent time under the direction of Dave
Marinoble
.

5. He nearly missed his bus.

Hernandez fought on Season 2 of
Dana White’s Contender Series
and wrecked Jordan
Wright
with punches just 40 seconds into their encounter on
June 19, 2018. However, the result was later overturned to a no
contest after he failed a post-fight drug test for marijuana. The
UFC elected to sign Hernandez anyway.

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