CALGARY – Hakeem Dawodu insists his disastrous UFC debut was not an accurate representation of what he offers as a fighter. He intends on proving as much at UFC on FOX 30.

With no shortage of pre-fight hype on his side, Dawodu (7-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) failed to deliver in his bout against Danny Henry at UFC Fight Night 127 in March. He was dropped and choked out cold in a mere 39 seconds, spelling the end of the undefeated run to begin his career.

Not one to make excuses, Dawodu did admit preparation for his first UFC fight was far from perfect. He said he’s moved past it, though, adding that anyone judging him off the outcome of that fight will be in for a rude awakening when he meets Austin Arnett (15-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday.

“I knew I was slightly off,” Dawodu told MMAjunkie. “I don’t want to get into too many details. Camp wasn’t the way I wanted it to be. There was a few things I was dealing with, coming back home, rehabbing, being where I need to be. I kind of just let the past be the past. I knew that wasn’t the best representation of myself, but I’m not letting that affect me too much. People are going to be stupid if they judge me off that.”

UFC on FOX 30 takes place at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The featherweight matchup between Dawodu and Arnett airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Dawodu, 27, said his loss to Henry was his first in combat sports competition since 2012, which woke him up. He said his spirit wasn’t broken “at all,” though, and knowing he’s fully prepared for UFC on FOX 30 has him primed for his first octagon triumph.

“It gives me a different level of confidence,” Dawodu said. “Training camp went exactly how I wanted it to go. I didn’t have to work around certain injuries. Definitely I feel like I’m back to the old.”

Dawodu said he views the upcoming matchup with Arnett as one that slants in his favor. Couple that with the fact Dawodu is the hometown representative in Calgary, and he said he’s he expects a performance that shows the UFC audience what he’s truly about.

“I think it’s a good matchup,” Dawodu said. “I don’t want to give away too many details, but I’m definitely looking to put this guy away. … Of course you want to give your hometown something special, but I’m going to be patient and just treat this fight like every other fight.

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