Anthony Hernandez is grinning his direction directly to the top.

This previous Saturday, Hernandez chalked up one more win inside the octagon, submitting Roman Kopylov on the fundamental card opener of UFC 298. The success procured Hernandez the No. 12 spot in the UFC middleweight rankings, and furthermore made "Cushioned" a few additional fans when he completed the battle in style, smiling and praising while at the same time securing in the battle finishing back stripped stifle.

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Talking on The MMA Hour, Hernandez said that the festival was a last minute thing welcomed on by perceiving a popular face in the group.

"I saw f****** Mario Lopez is there," Hernandez said on Wednesday's The MMA Hour. "Cool ass fella. We gab sometimes, and I saw him going off the deep end. Furthermore, after I got under his jaw, I was like, 'I got this s***!' I was simply conversing with him, fundamentally, and I was going off the deep end. That s*** was an impact. It was dope to see individuals in the group.

"I do great around swarms. I'm not the kind of fellow to talk s*** in interviews, to really try and do interviews, yet when I battle, that is me. That is who I'm. This is the f****** round of war. I will talk my s*** while we're battling on the grounds that now I can hit you, I attempt to get in your f****** head. That is my identity personally. Assuming you hit me, I'm presumably going to talk s*** to you, all things considered, as well."

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Hernandez joined the UFC in 2019 following a 40-second win (later upset to a no-challenge after Hernandez bombed a medication test for weed) on Competitor Series, however he battled from the get-go in his UFC residency, dropping two of his initial three sessions. In any case, since his technical knockout misfortune to Kevin Holland at UFC Jacksonville in 2020, "Soft" has been great, running off five continuous successes, four by stoppage, with two acquiring Execution of the Night rewards. Still just 30 years of age, the California local accepts that everything is at long last coming all together for him as he makes his race to the title.

"However long we can remain solid, I believe we're on the correct way," Hernandez said. "I want to be the most incredible on the planet. I thought when I was 25 and came into the UFC [that] I planned to tidy up shop. I had a severe shock and afterward needed to do a few changes, and afterward I lost my dad and I needed to get my head right once more, and a wide range of bulls***. Life occurs. No justifiable reasons. However, presently I'm in the groove again and I'm engaged and I'm prepared to make my run as a man."

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Presently positioned, Hernandez isn't that distant from a title shot in the out of nowhere completely open middleweight division. What's more, for his next exposing he might want to move this energy along with one more move forward the stepping stool.

"Ideally, May would be dope," Hernandez said. "I'm sound at the present time. I've previously begun preparing once more. As far as I can tell, Mick [Maynard] and Dana [White] have an arrangement when I'm prepared. Presently I'm prepared for at whatever point. I realize they have an arrangement, so assuming that they consider me with a name that is in front of me, I'm f****** prepared. I need to take it. I need to show the world what I'm prepared to do. I'm prepared to get this f****** belt and change [my] children's lives.

"Any individual who is in front of me," Hernandez proceeded when gotten some information about a rival. "Whoever the f*** will get me to the title the quickest way. I will battle anybody. I've expressed this for quite a while and I mean it, I don't give a f***. I feel like I'll beat them some way or another, and on the off chance that not, I'll gas them the f*** out and afterward choke them or some s***. [Laughs.]"