Anthony Hernandez & Dwight Grant: Northern California’s Next Contenders

California’s northern half is crammed with contenders whose skill-sets have outgrown the region’s pond of potential opponents. Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez (6-0) and Dwight “The Body Snatcher” Grant (7-1) are the next pair to perform before the UFC’s President, Dana White, in a live-action interview—all in hopes of earning a golden-ticket aboard the UFC’s elite roster—on the hottest reality show to hit MMA: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS).

Featured on UFC Fight Pass, the featured up-and-coming prizefighters have become dark blips on the radar of the sport’s leader, earning an invitation to challenge for a pass to the next phase of their careers. Every Tuesday evening—beginning on June 12, 2018 and spanning the next seven-weeks—the sophomore season of DWTNCS will offer the mixed martial artists with tons of promise a platform to showcase why they belong under the UFC’s banner, where even a win may not be enough for the promotion’s head honcho to give you the nod. In the second episode of this season—June 19—Hernandez, out of Marinoble’s Martial Arts & Kickboxing in Roseville, and Grant, representing San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), will chase their dreams into The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez

Currently, Hernandez boasts the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) Middleweight Championship, as well as an undefeated record.

Previous to Hernandez’s five-round war at LFA 32 for the 185-pound title, the Kickboxer from Dunnigan had yet to go to a decision as a professional, finishing four of his victims by way of submission and one via vicious knockout. Standing across from Hernandez on DWTNCS will be New Mexico’s Jordan “The Beverly Hills Ninja” Wright (9-0).

As impressive as it is that Wright ended every one of his bouts in the first-round, the one known as “Fluffy” possesses a will that is, somehow, more firm than his fists. Leading into this pivotal matchup with Wright, he suffered the heart-wrenching loss of his father, though, as memorialized in a post, of many, on Instagram, his laser beam focus on the task at hand hasn’t budged. He exclaimed in a picture with his dad (far right), “Same squad, same goals; coming for blood Pops.”

Dwight “The Body Snatcher” Grant

Although Grant has been absent from the cage since 2016, the high-intensity training he receives at AKA has prevented any rust from corroding the blurring output and nonstop pressure his followers have become familiar with.

Grant’s style attempts to chill every warm body placed in front of him while cloaked as his alter ego, “The Body Snatcher,” but he will be forced  to vanquish the undead when facing Tyler “The Zombie” Hill (8-1) at DWTNCS. When Grant earned his last stoppage—a knockout over Jordan Williams at Conquer FC 2—it was layered with stressors that would have buried any mere mortal. Along with the clip of his handiwork on Instagram, Grant shared the secrets resting in the shadows while he stood under the bright lights, “My son was born just two months before this fight. I had to completely change my training schedule, be more disciplined, responsible, and bring it. Every fight is big to me, but this was a milestone for my career and life.”

My son was born just 2 months before this fight. I had to completely change my training schedule, be more disciplined, responsible and bring it. Every fight is big to me, but this one was a milestone for my career and for my life. Thanks @norcalfightmma #ufc #mma #mixedmartialarts #muaythai #kungfu #blerd #boxing #karate #geek #wingchun #JKD #fitness #motivated #gamer #determination #fight #forthe #family #brooklyn #nyc #california #sanjose #guyana @americankickboxingacademy @firstroundmgmt "⚡️NorCal MMA KO of the Day⚡️ In the co-main event of @conquerfighting's first show, @dwightgrantmma dropped Jordan Williams before then finishing the task with a crushing right hand. Check it out! #NorCalMMA #Conquer1 #kooftheday @RepostIt_app "

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With a show like DWTNCS available at the touch of a finger on UFC Fight Pass, the flood gates to California’s finest are wide open to MMA’s global community.

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