Dariush vs Hernandez

With Bobby Green forced out of next week’s UFC 222 event, a promotional newcomer has agreed to step in against Beneil Dariush.

UFC official today announced that Texan Alexander Hernandez (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has agreed to take the fight against Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) on short notice at UFC 222, which takes place March 3 at T-Mobile Arena and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Hernandez steps in to replace Bobby Green against Dariush at UFC 222

Dariush looks to pick up his first win since a November 2016 decision victory over Rashid Magomedov in Mexico. In March 2017, he lost by second-round knockout to Edson Barboza in Brazil. And this past October, in his attempt to get back on track, he had to settle for a majority draw in his fight with Evan Dunham at UFC 216.

Before the loss to Barboza, the California-based Dariush had won seven of eight fights, including a stretch of five straight over the likes of Michael Johnson and Jim Miller.

Meanwhile, Hernandez comes to the UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak, including a November 2017 win over Derrick Adkins under the LFA banner. “The Great’ has earned his past three wins via stoppage.

With the addition to the card, UFC 222 now includes:

Octagon newcomer Alexander Hernandez is stepping in on less than two weeks’ notice to keep a UFC 222 fight alive, officials announced Friday.

Hernandez, 25, is stepping in for Bobby Green, who suffered an undisclosed injury and was forced to withdraw from his lightweight bout vs. Beneil Dariush at the March 3 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.

Fighting out of San Antonio, Hernandez sports an 8-1 record. He most recently picked up a third-round TKO victory over Derrick Adkins at Legacy Fighting Alliance 27 last November.

Dariush (14-3-1) will be looking for his first win since Nov. 5, 2016, a unanimous decision nod over Rashid Magomedov at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale. In two appearances last year, Dariush was knocked out by Edson Barboza and then he fought to a majority draw against Evan Dunham.