With his recent success, Anthony Hernandez, commonly known as “Fluffy,” has gradually garnered traction with mixed martial arts fans. Hernandez is a rising contender in the middleweight category of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
With Hernandez coming into UFC 298 as the fourteenth-ranked middleweight contender in the promotion, fans have frequently pondered the factors that led to Hernandez being given the moniker “Fluffy.” The thirty-year-old is anything but weak, as he has the record of 11-2 with one no-contest.
The wrestler claims that he was given the name “Fluffy” by a former coach before he competed in a kickboxing contest. The coach, who weighed approximately 250 pounds at the time, used a marker to affix the name to his arm.
Hernandez claims that the reason he was given the fight moniker in the first place was because he was “f* up.” This is despite the fact that Hernandez has accepted the name.
The following is what Anthony Hernandez had to say to ESPN when asked about the origin of his nickname:
It would appear that I have earned the epithet “fat a**” with my behavior. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a good thing. There is no one who enjoys losing to a person who goes by the name “Fluffy.” Therefore, I will accept it. It is not difficult to recall. This is a catchy. There is no one who anticipates it.
During his first professional mixed martial arts match, Hernandez jotted down the name, and ever since then, the phrase has remained with him.
On February 17, Hernandez will compete against Roman Kopylov for the very first time as a rated contender. Their fight will take place.
UFC 298: Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov preview
As part of the pay-per-view main card opener for UFC 298, Anthony Hernandez will compete against Roman Kopylov, another emerging contender, with the goal of adding to his current winning run of four consecutive fights.
Hernandez most recently defeated Edmen Shahbazyan, a former top-10 contender, at UFC Vegas 73. This victory came after Hernandez initially received a huge amount of attention from fans for his submission of Rodolfo Vieira, a BJJ ace, in 2021. In addition, Hernandez has won big victories over Brendan Allen and JunYong Park since making his debut in the year 2014.
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In addition, Kopylov is riding a four-fight win streak into the event that will take place on February 17, and he has knocked out every opponent he has faced since 2022. After his most recent victory, which he achieved over Josh Fremd at Noche UFC, the Russian fighter agreed to compete in this fight as a replacement for Ikram Aliskerov.
Hernandez has become a 2-1 betting favorite, having started off as a small favorite in the beginning of the game. Since he stepped in against Vieira on short notice, Hernandez has not been considered an underdog. It is evident that the oddsmakers have earned the respect of the oddsmakers with his signature upset victory.