Arnold Allen

Almighty

England

Blows past Dan Hooker
FeatherweightUFC
March 19, 2022
Allen defeated Dan Hooker via TKO (punches) at 2:33 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
ANALYSIS
A win over Hooker doesn't mean half as much as it did even a year ago at this time, but Allen looked exceptional in what was by far the biggest test of his career. He blitzed Hooker on the feet over and over, with the toughness of the latter the sole reason this fight lasted as long as it did. Allen has an excellent all-around skill set and is proving it time and time again inside the Octagon. This fight wasn't close, and that tells you how far Arnold has come since debuting in the UFC as a 20-year-old in June 2015. He's won all nine of his bouts with the company and his last 11 overall. This time around, he'll take home an extra $50,000 after all fighters to achieve a finish were awarded a Performance of the Night bonus. Allen is for real.
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Matchup with Hooker set for London
FeatherweightUFC
January 24, 2022
Allen (hand) will face Dan Hooker in a featherweight fight at the UFC's March 19 event in London, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen (17-1-0), who has won 10 fights in a row and is a perfect 8-0 since signing with the UFC, will put his unbeaten record on the line as he returns to the Octagon for the first time in 11 months. In addition to having the support of his hometown crowd, the England native has the advantage in terms of experience at in featherweight division, where Hooker (21-11-0) hasn't fought since 2016.
Handed six-month medical suspension
FeatherweightUFC
April 13, 2021
Allen has been handed a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive X-Ray result on his left hand, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen can gain clearance from a doctor to return sooner than that if his hand has healed ahead of that time, so there is a scenario where he returns sooner than the six months allotted. He isn't allowed contact until May 2 and won't be allowed to fight in another contest until May 11 at the earliest, which seems far from likely anyway.
Gets by Sodiq Yusuff
FeatherweightUFC
April 10, 2021
Allen defeated Sodiq Yusuff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Allen's eight consecutive victories is the longest current streak in the UFC's featherweight division. Champion Alexander Volkanovski is next with seven. This was a weird fight because Allen essentially won it on the strength of just two big shots. He floored Yusuff in Round 1 after connecting with a short shot before clocking him with a vicious head kick in Round 2. Yusuff somehow never went down following the kick, but was clearly damaged. Allen hung on for the judges decision after a third round in which his movements had slowed considerably. Allen has a high fight IQ and is deceptively strong. He's not going to beat himself and has never been stopped in his pro career. He's also just 27 years of age. The future is exceedingly bright for the "Almighty" one.
Returning in April
FeatherweightUFC
February 3, 2021
Allen will take on Sodiq Yusuff (undisclosed) in a featherweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for April 10, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen will return to the Octagon for the first time in over a year for a matchup between a pair of fighters who are undefeated with the promotion. Allen most recently defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision at UFC Raleigh in January of 2020 by winning the significant striking battle. Yusuff withdrew from a fight scheduled for October for an undisclosed reason, but he defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision at UFC 246 in January of 2020 by displaying aggressiveness on the feet during the matchup. The two fighters are even in height, but Yusuff has a slight advantage in reach.
Opponent for Nov. 7 withdraws
FeatherweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Allen is in search of a new opponent for the Nov. 7 UFC event as Jeremy Stephens was forced to withdraw due to injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The promotion figures to attempt to secure a new opponent for Allen, but it's unclear if it will be successful with only two weeks until the scheduled bout.