One growing all-amateur promotion, NorCal Fight Series (NCFS) plus the region’s premier promotion for the professionals surrounding ‘The Capital City,’ West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC), equals a night filled with nearly enough fights to fill a set of fingers and toes. At the top of the co-promoted bill is Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez (4-0) and Kito Andrews (11-6) in a middleweight main event.
Hernandez, on paper, crossed the eyes of statisticians when, featured on the debut episode of the MMAGOLD Podcast (link here), he contended that he holds the advantage in the experience department over Andrews. The product of Marinoble’s Martial Arts & Kickboxing and MMAGOLD calculated the winning formula, and he shared with listeners, who should plan to be in attendance at the Metro City Soccer Complex on November 5, 2016, that he has a thing or two to teach the elder journey man from Team Alpha Male: Andrews, a pro since 2007,
“I’m looking forward to that fight. I think it’s going to be cool.” Patience is a hard practice for “Fluffy,” but he’ll manage, “I don’t want to wait till the end [of NCFS/WFC]; that’s kind of shitty, but a fight’s a fight—so fuck it.”
No matter the years separating Andrews, at the age of thirty-eight, and Hernandez, a wrinkle-free twenty-two, it’s childish, whether young or old, to say one thing with actions out of sync. Apparently, Andrews, leading into NCFS/WFC, sent Hernandez some mixed messages,
“I’m just kind of confused on it because he gave me some hella nice compliments, and I felt good about myself; then, he’s like, ‘I’m going to knock him out.’ I was like, ‘What???’”
By happenstance, Hernandez trains alongside Max “Pain” Griffin (12-3), a recent addition to the UFC’s welterweight roster, and Griffin, who shared a microphone on this episode of the podcast, defeated Andrews when they headlined WFC 5 in 2013; therefore, he was able to add some hard-hitting insight when discussing the strategy,
“He said he’s going to knock me out, so I want to knock him out now. He’s a ground guy.” This was where Griffin interjected with a groan of disagreement before continuing, “He’s got a purple belt, but that don’t mean shit. He got submitted by Mike Gonzalez [at WFC 16: Griffin vs Mitchell], and he’s a white belt.”
Touted as a knockout artist, Hernandez, the owner of three straight submission victories—most recently a Submission of the Night at Global Knockout (GKO) 7—was unfazed if the contest wound up on the canvas, yet he disclosed a reluctance in claiming another submission,
“We’ll kind of play with it. The plan is to knock him out, but if I submit him, I’ll be kind of hurt, again.”
Even when the cold hard facts stare Hernandez in the eyes, he reflected on his upbringing in the sport: over the course of seven years, he’s collected a wealth of wisdom while inside the cage,
“Technically, I think I have more experience than him because I’ve been fighting since I was fifteen in these smokers, and I have a ton of fights that people don’t know about. I’m comfortable as fuck. I’m so comfortable in there now that it’s just another day in the office.”
Age and records are just numbers in the heart of Hernandez, and, with four-ounce gloves, Hernadez and Andrews will leave their half of the cage at the sound of the bell. “Fluffy” firmly believes he’ll be the one with his hand raised at the conclusion of NCFS/WFC.