Allen Crowder
Earns first UFC win after Greg Hardy DQ
HeavyweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Crowder defeated Greg Hardy via DQ (illegal knee) at 2:28 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
That's one way to pick up your first UFC victory. Regardless of the circumstances that ended the fight, Crowder deserves some credit. He ate all the power punches that Hardy threw his way and he forced Hardy to defend in the later stages of the fight. It wasn't pretty but Crowder stuck with it and got the win because of Hardy's stupidity. Crowder's future is bleak but he can tell his grand kids that he has a win in the UFC over a former NFL All-Pro.
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Draws Greg Hardy in January
HeavyweightUFC
December 5, 2018
Crowder will take on Greg Hardy in a heavyweight matchup on Jan. 19, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Crowder got his shot in the UFC with a TKO win on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, but came up short in his official UFC debut against Justin WIllis. Willis has since picked up his eighth win in a row following a victory over Mark Hunt, so that loss doesn't look as bad as it did originally. Crowder will now sets his sights on Hardy, a former NFL player who joined the sport relatively late in his athletic career. Hardy is on a six-fight winning streak composed entirely of first-round knockouts, so the suspect striking defense showed in Crowder's debut will be an aspect of his game he'll need to address. Considering Hardy is still new to the sport, Crowder might be better suited to try and wear him out by taking this fight to the mat. It's unclear if that's an aspect of Crowder's game he's willing to deploy, but he does have three submission victories from his amateur days (all chokes), so that is a skill at least somewhere in the arsenal.
Destroyed by Justin Willis in UFC debut
HeavyweightUFC
December 2, 2017
Crowder lost to Justin Willis via KO (punches) at 2:33 of Round 1 at UFC 218 on Saturday in Detroit
ANALYSIS
Crowder earned a UFC contract with a strong performance on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contenders series, but his official debut with the company was an unmitigated disaster. Displaying disturbingly poor striking defense, Crowder was battered throughout the course of the brief fight and he didn't look like a UFC-caliber competitor. He may not get another chance inside the Octagon.
Earns UFC contract with victory over Don'Tale Mayes
HeavyweightUFC
August 30, 2017
Crowder defeated Don'Tale Mayes via TKO (punches and elbows) at 4:12 of Round 3 during Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Per MMAFighting.com, Crowder was extended a UFC contract for his efforts.
ANALYSIS
Crowder showed grit and determination against a much larger heavyweight fighter. He gave up his back and took brutal ground-and-pound in Round 1, but eventually secured the reversal and returned enough damage to arguably seal the round for himself. Mayes' cardio started to fade in Round 2, and while the two exchanged plenty of shots, the round was highlighted by a late kimura attempt by Crowder. Mayes entered Round 3 with his hands down and mouth open, which opened the door for Crowder to turn the tide. Though Mayes made contact with a desperate spinning elbow, Crowder recovered and was able to land a takedown. After moving from half guard to full mount, Crowder then went to work. He gave up on multiple keylock attempts before starting to land with short elbows, which eventually resulted in the stoppage victory.