ABU DHABI – Makwan Amirkhani beat Danny Henry with a first-round submission Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.

Have a look contained in the struggle with Amirkhani, who obtained again within the win column after the primary knockout lack of his profession this previous November.

End result: Makwan Amirkhani def. Danny Henry through technical submission (anaconda choke) – Spherical 1, 3:15
Up to date data: Amirkhani (16-Four MMA, 6-2 UFC), Henry (12-Four MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Key stat: Amirkhani grew to become simply the third fighter in UFC historical past with two anaconda choke wins within the promotion. It was his second straight win with the end.

Amirkhani on the struggle’s key second

“It’s by no means good when there’s somebody on high of you making an attempt to carry you down. It makes you drained and slows you down. That was my plan. However I additionally knew it was early and we each had dry pores and skin, so I simply stated, ‘Let’s end the struggle fast.’ After I noticed the chance to go for the anaconda, I secured the choke.”

Amirkhani on getting again within the win column

“Every little thing went terribly unsuitable in my final struggle. I obtained a brand new alternative to point out I belong right here and what I’m about. I really feel wonderful, like a reborn youngster. Victories are at all times good, however within the first spherical is at all times sweeter.”

Amirkhani on what he needs subsequent

“I don’t have a reputation in thoughts. Whoever the UFC gives me, I’ll at all times say sure. I simply need to return and begin my coaching once more. I’m aiming for the belt. That’s the place I’m heading, so there’s no time to rejoice.”

To listen to extra from Amirkhani, try the video of the complete post-fight interview above.