Fernando Padilla discusses his first career UFC win
Fernando Padilla couldn’t have started his UFC career in a better way.
Technically, Padilla has been on the UFC roster for a little while now, but injuries and outside factors kept coming up, so Padilla’s UFC debut at UFC Vegas 72 was his first fight since 2021.
The two years away was definitely worth the wait for Padilla has he opened the eyes of the featherweight division with his first career UFC win.
At UFC Vegas 72, Padilla took on Julian Erosa, who is a veteran of the promotion and has looked great as a of late in the UFC. Coming into the fight, Erosa was coming off a loss to Alex Caceres, but that was his only loss in his past four fights and since 2020, Erosa had a 6-2 record.
Padilla wasn’t given an easy fight in his first fight, but he made it look like it was a cake walk.
In the opening round of the fight, Padilla landed a few straight punches that rocked Erosa and dropped him to the canvas.
After Erosa ate a few heavy shots from Padilla, the referee stopped the fight to give Padilla the win. There was some controversy with the stoppage as Erosa immediately protested and seemed to be fine to fight, but after an awkward fall, the referee felt Erosa had taken too many hard punches.
Controversy or not, Padilla was the winner and he beat a tough veteran in his first fight.
Now Padilla plans to stay healthy and keep racking up wins. The Mexican is so confident in his abilities that not only did he not have nerves ahead of his fight, but he also went and got a tattoo of the UFC belt on his arm.
Following UFC Vegas 72, Padilla spoke with MyMMANews about his first UFC win, his tattoo of the UFC belt and what’s next for him in his career.
You can watch his full interview in the video above.