GDANSK, Poland – Marcin Held expected to make quick work of his UFC Fight Night 118 foe, which didn’t pan out. But considering the tricky position he was at in the UFC, a win will do just fine.
“I’m really happy,” Held told reporters backstage at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
Held (23-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC) took an unanimous decision over Nasrat Haqparast (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). The 30-27 scorecards, however, might not accurately reflect just how much trouble the UFC newcomer gave Held, who was even knocked down in the second round of the lightweight bout that streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
It certainly wasn’t the “fast submission” that Held expected going into it. But fact remains he’s officially bounced back from the disappointing three-fight skid that kicked off a UFC run surrounded by high expectations.