Hakeem Dawodu Promises To ‘Run Right Through’ Danny Henry At UFC London
Hakeem Dawodu will make his long anticipated UFC debut on March 17 when he takes on Danny Henry at UFC Fight Night 127.
The Canadian is 7-0-1 as a professional and built his record up under the WSOF banner. With his UFC debut now less than 5 weeks away, Dawodu spoke to MMANytt.com about his scheduled fight with Henry and he was in a confident mood to say the least.
“I think I’m better everywhere,” Dawodu said confidently. “I’m a better boxer, better kickboxer, better grappler, better jiu-jitsu. I’m beating him everywhere and doing it how I want to.
“I’m not looking past Danny Henry, but believe me, I’m putting this guy away. I will run right through Danny Henry.”
While the MMA community in Canada is well aware of Daowdu’s talent, not so many fans the other side of the pond are aware of his capabilities. Come March 17, Dawodu says he’s going to be looking to make he’s one names people are talking about when they leave the arena.
“I’m definitely going to stand out and I’m going to leave them with the impression that I’m the hardest hitting featherweight out there,” Dawodu said.
“I’m going to show them I’m the next big thing and I don’t feel the pressure. I’m, 100-percent sure I’m going to do that on March 17.”
With Canadian MMA having struggled to produce big name talents outside of Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald in the last few years, Dawodu believes he’s the man to fill the void. Taking the UFC back to Canada and his hometown of Calgary, Alberta is one of his long-term goals, but Dawodu knows he’s got plenty of work to do before even thinking about that.
“I want to be the new face of Canadian MMA,” Dawodu said. “I’m going to show the whole world how tough Canadians are. My goal is to get so big that I can take the UFC back to my city and headline events there. That’s my goal and I’m going to do that.
“For now though, my next goal is going to London, getting that knockout and getting that $50,000 bonus. I’m going to be knockout out there featherweights and then get myself on a title run.”
UFC Fight Night London will be headlined by a heavyweight bout pitting former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum against Russian fighter, Alexander Volkov.