Spanish matador Manuel "El Cordob és" Díaz prepares to perform a pass to a bull during a bullfight at the Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, on April 20, 2013
Marcelo del Pozo—Reuters
April 29, 2016 12:02 AM EDT

DNA evidence presented in a Spanish court appears to prove that a bullfighter is the son of one of the country’s best-known matadors.

Manuel Díaz, 47, has long claimed that he is the offspring of Manuel Benítez, 79, a.k.a “El Cordobés” (a reference to his southern Spanish hometown, Cordova), the BBC reports. But the elder man rejects the claim that he fathered Díaz — who himself became a bullfighter and also uses the name “El Cordobés” — after meeting Díaz’s mother, a maid, at the height of the older man’s popularity in the 1960s.

Díaz, who says he is not seeking financial gain, secured a court hearing after he hired a private detective to obtain a DNA sample from Benítez from a restaurant napkin. When that sample suggested the two “El Cordobés” were father and son, the court conducted its own blood tests, confirming paternity to a 99.9% degree of certainty.


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