Round 1: Viana takes the center of the cage. Hernandez circles on the outside. Viana leaps in with a right hand that knocks. Hernandez down. Hernandez gets back to his feet. They exchange and Viana lands a right hand. Viana closes the distance really quickly. Hernandez inches forward. Viana delivers a kick to the body. Viana steps in with a combination. Hernandez’ shots are all coming up short. Viana continues to move in and get his punches off and be gone when Hernandez counters. He lands a combination. It’s been all Viana. Viana goes to the body followed by an inside leg kick. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Viana.
Round 2: Viana lands a right hand. Hernandez moves forward and is met with a right hand. Viana’s paces has slowed a little. Hernandez continues to come up short with his punches. Hernandez lands a left hand. Viana fires back and misses with a huge right hand. Hernandez delivers a counter left hand. Hernandez moves forward and Viana unloads shots and Hernandez isn’t firing back. Viana lands a leg kick. He plants his feet and fires, landing a right hand. Hernandez is moving forward, he’s just not generating much offense. Viana picks up the pace toward the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Viana.
Round 3: It’s the same as the first two rounds. Hernandez moves forward and Viana hits him. Viana hasn’t hurt Hernandez, though. Viana lands a right hand. Hernandez misses with a left. Hernandez lands a right hand on the inside. Viana fires back. Hernandez continues to move forward. Hernandez picks up the pace. Viana lands a crisp combination. Hernandez is fighting with a sense of urgency now. He lands his jab. Hernandez lands a combination. Viana circles away. Hernandez lands with his jab. Viana delivers a combination. Hernandez does the running man, taunting Viana. He lands a hard right hand. Viana circles. Hernandez lands a counter left hook. He lands a right hand. They trade right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Viana.
The judges scored the fight for Viana by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 29-28.
“My boxing was my strength and the secret to winning the fight. I dictated the pace and kept moving forward. It’s easier for me to move forward than to go backwards.
“I will let the UFC tell me what is next. I will take whatever they give me.”
“I was hesitating in the first round to unleash all my striking. I reacted in the second and third round, but was late. It’s all my fault. Hugo did his job, but I didn’t do what I should’ve. I need some time for setting my ideas and look forward on my next fight.”