Brendan Allen
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Submission win in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Allen defeated Kevin Holland via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:38 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
Allen's UFC debut wasn't going all that well prior to the finish, but his displayed terrific mat awareness in addition to an ability to land some vicious ground-and-pound to secure the win. Although he landed two of three takedown attempts in Round 1, Allen did little with his positional advantage. Aided by some big elbows and Holland's decision to try to roll over on the mat, Allen hooked up the rear-naked choke that ended the bout midway through Round 2. Holland is considered a legitimate prospect and entered on a three-fight winning streak, so a victory of any kind for Allen here in his UFC debut was an impressive feat.
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Gets new opponent
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September 30, 2019
Following Eric Spicely's withdrawal, Allen is expected to fight Kevin Holland at UFC Boston on Oct. 18, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear why Spicely decided to withdraw, but "All In" Allen will be getting a veteran opponent instead. Allen impressed this summer earning a UFC contract out of Dana White's Contender Series. A new opponent comes a new challenge for the youngster, as Holland comes into the bout riding high on a three-match winning streak.
To debut at UFC Boston
MiddleweightUFC
August 6, 2019
Allen (suspension) is set to make his UFC debut against Eric Spicely at October's event in Boston, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen earned his UFC contract earlier this season through the Contender Series. He had a setback in July after receiving a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission. However, he will be allowed to participate in the bout in Boston where he will look to make his impression felt in the UFC.
Medical suspension starts UFC tenure
MiddleweightUFC
July 18, 2019
Allen is facing a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a doctor's clearance of left elbow and shoulder injuries, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen picked up a relatively dominant victory Tuesday to officially earn a UFC contract, but he didn't emerge completely unscathed from the process. He'll need to have X-rays done his his left arm, and if they come back positive, he could be forced to sit until January, pending clearance from an orthopedic doctor.
One of four contracts awarded
MiddleweightUFC
July 17, 2019
Allen defeated Aaron Jeffery via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:23 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contenders Series. He was one of four fighters awarded a UFC contract after the event.
ANALYSIS
Allen closed as a betting favorite of greater than (-800) in some books, and he certainly looked the part with a dominant effort. He came out aggressive, looking to bait his opponent with his hands down. The two ended up in several grappling exchanges, and Allen was able to take Jeffery's back on two separate occasions. It was the second one -- which was opened up with a strong knee up the middle -- that ended up being Jeffery's undoing. Allen now enters the UFC on a four-fight winning streak, with 11 of his 12 professional victories coming by way of stoppage. The 23-year-old trains at Roufusport in Milwaukee, WI, home to the likes of Anthony Pettis and Tyron Woodley. He had previously been competing under the banner of Legacy Fighting Alliance.