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In the Flyweight division, we have a battle between debutants Victor “El Magnifico” Altamirano and Carlos Hernandez. A winner of four straight, including most recently a split decision victory on Dana White’s Contender Series, Altamirano will seek to prove he belong on the biggest stage. With four of his ten wins coming via submission, Altamirano is a threat anytime the fight hits the mat. Meanwhile, fellow debutant and alum of Dana White’s Contender Series, Hernandez, will look to extend his win streak to eight. With four submission victories, three by Rear-Naked Choke, it would be wise to avoid Hernandez on your back at all cost.
As for a prediction, I’m siding with Altamirano. When looking at tape of both fighters, I actually really liked what I saw from Hernandez. He looks to be a solid striker, with good technique and cardio. Even his wrestling, offensive grappling and submissions look excellent. The one thing that has worried me is his iffy takedown defense and his level of competition. Before edging out Daniel Barez (12-4) via split decision, Hernandez had faced seven opponents with a combined record of 9-5. Not exactly stellar competition. Especially when you look at Altamirano’s resume, whom in his last six fights alone, has faced opponents with a combined 51-12 record. With vast experience and a well rounded game, which is highlighted by his submissions and cardio, I foresee Altamirano being a good addition to the Flyweight division. While ultimately I believe this fight is close, it’s the experience that will lead Altamirano to a decision victory.