Newborn son motivated Billy Quarantillo in TKO win over Alexander Hernandez at UFC 282

LAS VEGAS – Billy Quarantillo beat Alexander Hernandez with a second-round TKO Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Quarantillo, who got back in the win column in his first fight in 13 months.

Alexander Hernandez vs. Billy Quarantillo

Dec 10, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Billy Quarantillo (red gloves) reacts after fighting Alexander Hernandez (blue gloves) during UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Result: Billy Quarantillo def. Alexander Hernandez via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:30
Updated records: Quarantillo (17-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Hernandez (13-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC)
Key stats: Quarantillo outstruck Hernandez 127-59 overall and 87-48 in significant strikes.

Quarantillo on the fight’s key moment

Dec 10, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Billy Quarantillo (red gloves) fights Alexander Hernandez (blue gloves) during UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

“He’s super aggressive when he first comes out. He has a bunch of wins by first-round knockout, so I knew as long as I can match that pace and he doesn’t do too much damage, I can take over and start wearing him down and eventually break him.”

Quarantillo on fatherhood

Dec 10, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Billy Quarantillo (red gloves) fights Alexander Hernandez (blue gloves) during UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s changed my perspective quite a bit. Obviously, I have a mouth to feed and someone to raise. I’m looking at myself through his eyes and trying to be a role model, trying to be a good father.”

Quarantillo on what he wants next

Dec 10, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Billy Quarantillo (red gloves) fights Alexander Hernandez (blue gloves) during UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

“I talked to Sean Shelby backstage and said I want to be super busy in 2023. I’m hoping to fight three times, so my first fight will hopefully be early next year. Nate Landwehr called me out. I think I’m a little bit past him, but he can get it whenever. If they want me to fight Nate Landwehr, sign me up.”

To hear more from Quarantillo, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 282.

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