Two years ago, middleweight prospect Quentin Henry hit what could be considered a career low point with a TKO loss to Larry Crowe at Legacy FC 37 and a subsequent layoff of several months.
Chief among Henry’s issues came when he found difficulty procuring bouts at his normal weight class, which eventually led him to take two fights last year at a much heavier weight than he’s used to competing at.
“The one that I lost (against Crowe), I felt like I got robbed, but that’s neither here nor there,” Henry told MMAWeekly.com. “I had a concussion after that fight, so I had to take a little bit of time off. And then when I got ready to start fighting again, I was having trouble finding people in my weight class who wanted to fight.”
Henry picked up a submission win over Justin Thornton at Apex Fight Night 5 in a heavyweight bout, and followed that with a unanimous-decision victory against light-heavyweight Jarrad Markel at WFC 42.
“That (bout against Markal) was a fun fight,” said Henry. “He didn’t have a really impressive record, but he was a tough guy, and really it was one of those fights where I was trying to work on things.
“All my fights I’ve finished in the first round, just about, and I haven’t really gone the distance in a fight, so my goal in that fight was to not push the pace so fast. I wanted to go in there and be methodical and work on my game plan. If it went three fives, I wanted to prove that I could do it.”
Henry (10-3) will look to pick up his third straight win when he takes on late replacement Charles Byrd (6-4) in a 185-pound main card bout at Legacy FC 57 on July 1 in Shreveport, La.
“The majority of my training does focus on me and making myself better, but at the same time, you do have to adjust, especially at the level I’m fighting at now,” Henry said. “In this instance, I had been focusing especially on what (Geoffrey Neal) does and game planning specifically for him, and now they’re bringing in (Byrd).
“(Byrd is) still a stand-up fighter, but he fights orthodox stance instead of southpaw. His attack is different; the way he stands is different. It sets you back, more so because I was so determined on one thing, but it’s not something that’s going to hinder me.”
Having been fighting in the amateur and pro ranks for the better part of a decade, Henry knows not to look too far ahead of himself, but he’s open to any opportunities that will come his way in 2016.
“I’d like to say I’d like to be fighting for a title somewhere, but at this point, I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, and I’ve learned to not set expectations for things I can’t control,” he said. “All I can do is go out there and fight and win and put in the work. I can’t really control what fights I’m going to get offered.
“Would I like to fight on another television card, fighting for a title and having a belt around my waist? I absolutely would. I feel like I’m capable of it and putting in work for it, but I can’t tell you if it’s going to happen or not.”