Darrell Horcher opened up the Fox Sports 2 portion of the UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City and he defeated Devin Powell by decision.
Horcher was competing for the first time since being involved in a motorcycle accident that not only could have ended his professional MMA career, but his life as well.
“It was so emotional for me to get back,” Horcher told MMA Junkie. “I fought so hard to be here. It was a long year and what I’ve come from, most would people say a year is very short. And if you look at it on paper it is, but for me it was very hard. I pushed myself to do this, to come back, to get a win.”
The fighter suffered a long list of injuries in the motorcycle accident, including torn ligaments in both knees and a host of internal problems.
At UFC Fight Night: Oklahoma City, the fighter accomplished his lone goal and that was to pick up the win.
“My goal was to get back here, to step in that octagon and get a W,” Horcher said. “I came up short in my debut, and, you know, you fight the No. 1 (contender) in the division on eight days’ notice, I lost 25 pounds in seven days. I came off the couch, I hadn’t trained in months. This was my real debut.”
A victory for Horcher now puts his UFC record at 1-1-0, as he lost his UFC debut over a year ago to Khabib Nurmagomedov.