Hakeem Dawodu has no excuses for his shocking 39-second loss in his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 127 this past weekend.
Dawodu (7-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) came into his featherweight bout against Danny Henry (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) as a fighter who was expected to quickly make waves in the organization. His debut was certainly memorable, but not in the way he would have liked, because he took a devastating submission loss on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at The O2 in London.
Henry opened the fight aggressively, pressuring Dawodu and scoring a quick knockdown courtesy of a massive punch. As Dawodu attempted to regain his wits, Henry pounced on a guillotine choke and hung on until it did the job and the fight was stopped.
Although Dawodu had previously lost in kickboxing matches, he’d never tasted defeated in more than four years in MMA. That changed at UFC Fight Night 127, but instead of sulking over the result, Dawodu apparently got right back to work (via Instagram):
First loss No excuse lm not hurt or injured got caught letf my neck out. Third day back training getting back to my roots! I don't care what say was just a minor set back @teofistaboxing @mikemilesmt #championscreed #theathletefactory @bushidocanada #MeanHakeem
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First loss. No excuse I’m not hurt or injured got caught left my neck out. Third day back training getting back to my roots! I don’t care what say was just a minor set back
The 26-year-old Canadian did not mention when or where he hopes to return to action, but given the fact he’s already training, it seems likely he’ll want it to be soon.
Dawodu lost the fight and got right back to work. His opponent, Henry, also got back to work a few days after the octagon encounter, but it wasn’t quite the same scene (via Instagram):
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