Chirnside cagefighter gets two wins under his belt

A CHIRNSIDE cage fighter is making a name for himself in the world of mixed marshal arts, after winning his first two fights.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2010, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2010, 1:01 pm

Daniel Henry was in cage action on Saturday at the Hostile Fight Night event in Alloa, winning by unanimous decision after three four-minute rounds.

The former Berwickshire High School pupil went all the way against strong opponent Scott Flynn from the D-unit fight team.

"I was very pleased with the win, it was a tough bout," Henry admitted. "Scott was very strong and comes from a good team in the D-unit."

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Henry admitted he was nervous going into the fight, but said he was spurred on by the crowd.

"I was fairly nervous, I knew it was going to be a tough fight. But the nerves disappeared when the fight started and I felt like i kept my composure.

"I had some guys from the team come with me to do my corner, my girlfriend and some friends from work came too. A team mate of mine, Nathan Wilson was also on the card and won his debut impressively.

"One of the guys i work with, Roan Morrison, was on the card too, he was fighting thai rules and won convincingly as well.

"The support from the guys was awesome, it really makes a difference. I want to thank the guys from the club for their support and everyone else who helped me prepare."

Happy with his performance in just his second fight, the 21-year-old said he has learned a great deal from the experience. "I took a lot from the fight and it has given me plenty to go away and improve on," he said. "Going the distance has done my confidence the world of good.

"It's comforting knowing that I can go the distance when it matters. Obviously I would have preferred to finish the fight on my own terms, but credit's due to my opponent."

Henry will start his third year studying business management in Edinburgh in September, and also works on the doors in the city.

Having previously dabbled in a range of different disciplines, he never really stuck to one in particular - until mixed martial arts.

"I started MMA almost a year and a half ago," he said. "A friend of mine recommended mixed martial arts and a local club to me. From day one i was hooked."

And he certainly puts in the work, training five nights a week with Edinburgh-based Alba Dornadair, a well established club that has produced some great fighters to date.

He explained: "Our instructor Willie Scott teaches Vale Tudo which is Portuguese for anything goes. The art translates well to MMA as it covers all bases from stand up to ground fighting."

Following an explosive cage debut in February, when he defeated his appointment in the first round with an arm bar, Henry's current semi pro record now stands at 2-0-0, but he says he'll take things one step at a time.

"I don't have any set ambitions yet as I'm still at a very early stage in my career. I'm just going to take each bout one at a time, do my best and see how far i can go," he said.

Following his second-successive win, the Chirnside fighter hopes to get matched up to take on his third opponent some time in August.