With five fights recorded in 2017, Nohelin ‘Suave’ Hernandez (6-1) aims to match, if not surpass, this same breakneck pace during 2018’s calendar year. After accepting a short-notice match-up at Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) 30 on January 12th against Vince ‘The Anomaly’ Cachero (3-0), the bantamweight out of the Bay Area could very well duplicate such a unique measure in mixed martial arts.
— Nohelin J. Hernandez (@suave_135) January 6, 2018
— Shawn Bitter (@mmawizzard) January 6, 2018
Of course, Hernandez’s teammates and coaches at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) pull the best out of him on a daily basis, but, more importantly, it’s the mental side of his game that enables him to never miss a practice—or an opportunity when the phone rings.
I'm successful because I show up on days I have to, not just on days I want to.
— Nohelin J. Hernandez (@suave_135) November 8, 2017
Regardless of an entire training camp or a couple of weeks to prepare, Hernandez enters the cage with a pressure-packed style that is easily consumed by MMA’s persnickety connoisseurs. Whether ending contests in the opening frame, such as his first four scraps after turning pro, or slamming his foot on the accelerator for the entirety of fifteen minutes, as he did to claim the URCC Featherweight Title, his following would agree with his sentiment:
I make fighting look good.
— Nohelin J. Hernandez (@suave_135) June 26, 2017
The local scene in Northern California has become a small pond for the 135-pound prospect out of Gilroy, and LFA 30, with a worldwide audience on AXS TV, will allow Hernandez to stretch his long-reaching wings into MMA’s global marketplace.