GLASGOW – Danny Henry had gotten in the ears of the UFC’s matchmakers earlier this year and was told they’d keep an eye on him.
But when he didn’t hear anything, he may have started to give up hope a little. Then the call came, and he had but three weeks to get ready for UFC Fight Night 113 – even though he didn’t even know who his opponent was going to be.
“The phone call came, and I hadn’t trained in the better part of eight weeks,” Henry told MMAjunkie on Sunday after a win in his debut over Daniel Teymur. “Three weeks out, I’m on the door at work and the text comes through and I’m just standing there overjoyed. I went downstairs and told the manager of the club that I work at, ‘Look, I’ve got to go,’ and I just went straight to the gym …
“I went to Glasgow the next day and started the training camp there (with) no idea of the opponent or the weight. I just started it and never looked back, so for it to pay off tonight is just unbelievable.”
Henry (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had to rally from a rough first round against Teymur (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), but his second and third frames were exceptional ones. He even picked up a pair of 10-8 rounds from a judge on his way to a unanimous decision with a 29-28 score and two 29-26s.
Henry, from Edinburgh in Scotland, won for the fourth straight time, though it was only the second time in 11 career wins he had to go to the judges’ scorecards.
Still, getting that UFC debut win out of the way seems to be the most important thing.
“This is fairy-tale stuff, to be honest with you,” Henry said. “I can’t believe I got that call three weeks ago. It was just a matter of asking. When the UFC (calls), you’ve got to answer it. It’s unbelievable. Not many people get to experience that. I feel overjoyed I had the opportunity to go in there and put on a show.”
UFC Fight Night 113 took place Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Check out the video above for more from Henry after his win over Teymur.