It’s been a few weeks since the last time I had a chance to blog. I’ve spent some time in England to get blocks of filming done for my role in the upcoming film, My Name Is Lenny, as well as some promotional work for UFC 204 and we got the Countdown show filmed. It was so nice to be back, and I could definitely feel the love, but at the same time, I’m glad to be home to spend this last four weeks dialing in my training now that I’ve got the majority of my PR responsibility out of the way.
I was kind of worried right before the tickets went on sale, to be honest. With my fight happening at about four or five in the morning, I wasn’t sure how the tickets were going to go, but we got an answer to that very, very quickly—six minutes, to be exact. That is just insane, and if I’m not mistaken, that’s a record for the UFC. My last three fights in the UK have been sellouts—Scotland, against Thales Leites, sold out in 20 minutes. The Anderson Silva fight was also in about 20 minutes, and then this one emptied the ticket coffers in six minutes.
With all of that comes great pressure, though. I remember when I found out, I thought to myself, ‘Yikes! That’s all well and good, but all those people that are there want Dan Henderson’s blood, and I’ve got to be the one to give it to them.’ With all that demand and hype, now I’ve got to deliver, and Dan is no slouch.
It’s absolutely incredible, but I want to apologize to everybody that wanted a ticket and couldn’t get one. I’ve gotten so many messages on social media from people expressing their disappointment in not being able to get a ticket. After we get this one out of the way, maybe we can do a stadium show out there in England, because the demand is definitely there to support it.
My coach, Jason Parillo, was a little concerned that I might get off track with my training in England, but while I was there, I got plenty of time in with my old Muay Thai coach from Manchester, Darren Morris. He came down and stayed with me the whole time, so we kicked ass every night. I’m well on track and in great shape.
I’m not taking this title defense lightly. The Revenge promo says it all:
“What do you get the man who has everything? You get revenge, but be careful what you wish for.”
Dan Henderson is still a contender. He’s still knocking people out, and he’s still got great timing. He’s a dangerous opponent for anyone.
I know some were annoyed that I wanted this fight, saying that I took a money fight, handpicked my opponent—whatever the case may be, but I think Carlos Condit summed it up pretty nicely when he said fighters should be looking out for their own best interests; that we have every right to ask for the big fights, because we don’t owe anyone but ourselves and our families, and that’s the truth.
I’ve always been a fan of Carlos, both in and out of the Octagon. His comments there sealed the deal for me. Everything he said is very true. Nobody else is paying our bills, and that, my friends, is the bottom line.
For anyone that still has reservations about the fight, let me remind you of something. It sold out in six minutes. It made UFC history. Six minutes for a fight that’s going to happen at 5 AM. Let that sink in for a minute, and for anyone that’s still not happy, just take a look at that, and shut the hell up.