Alexander Hernandez suffered the first loss of his 11-fight career against Donald Cerrone at UFC On ESPN+ 1 on Saturday night, but the 26-year-old appears to be dealing with the defeat well and is already planning on coming back stronger than ever.
In the lead-in to the fight Hernandez had got under Cerrone’s skin with his trash-talking, but he was humble in defeat as he congratulated ‘Cowboy’ on his victory.
“Congratulations @cowboycerrone,” Hernandez wrote in a statement on Instagram. “You taught me something invaluable in defeat.
“Perhaps the best/worst thing that ever happened to me was a 42 second knockout debut. I go into every fight feeling untouchable and expecting a repeat of the same occurrence. I prepare myself in the moments prior for an execution in the first round and not a fight. I need to learn to fight. I need to address my approach. I brought the fight to Cerrone and where he made adjustments, I did not. Experience is a costly bitch.
“Thank you @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby for an amazing opportunity and belief in me. I will not let this go in vain. The triumph of adversity is what makes a man and defines legends. I will be be back. And you will know I mean what I say next time you see me. This is good pain.”