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Alex Hernandez humbled after ‘Cowboy’ drubbing at UFC Brooklyn — ‘I need to learn to fight’

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Before his UFC on ESPN+ 1 fight last Sat. night (Jan. 19, 2019), lightweight up-and-comer, Alex Hernandez, decided it was good form to take the winningest fighter in the history of the promotion, Donald Cerrone, and call him an “insecure little lad” who was nothing more than a “stepping stone.”

Bad idea.

Instead, Hernandez got smashed by “Cowboy” in the second round of their 155-pound affair, held inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (recap). As a result, Humble Pie was being served in earnest at the hotel’s Sunday brunch.

“Congratulations Cowboy Cerrone, you taught me something invaluable in defeat,” Hernandez wrote on Instagram. “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.”

With his emphatic finish in the second stanza, Cerrone (35-11, 1 NC) extended his record for UFC wins to 22 and UFC finishes to 16. Hernandez (10-2), meanwhile, lost for the first time in over five years, across a span of eight fights.

Can we go ahead and book that Conor McGregor fight now?