Sodiq Yusuff
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Suffers first UFC defeat
FeatherweightUFC
April 10, 2021
Yusuff lost to Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This might have been a different result had the fight been scored as a whole, but under the current scoring system, they got it right. Yusuff was the more aggressive and more consistent fighter throughout the course of the bout, but Allen was responsible for by far the two biggest moments of the contest, and that was enough. Yusuff has legitimate power and very quick hands. The downfall here is that he's a bit mechanical with his footwork and lacks secondary offensive skills. It's an intriguing package nonetheless, but there's a definite scenario in which Yusuff could struggle against high-end competition. This was his first setback in five official UFC bouts.
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Slated to fight in April
FeatherweightUFC
February 3, 2021
Yusuff (undisclosed) will take on Arnold Allen in a featherweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for April 10, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Yusuff was forced to withdraw from his scheduled fight in October for an undisclosed reason, but he'll now take on Allen in a matchup between two fighters who are undefeated under the UFC banner. Yusuff's last fight occurred in January of 2020, when he defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision at UFC 246. Allen has also had a layoff of over a year, most recently defeating Nik Lentz via unanimous decision at UFC Raleigh in January to bring his UFC record to 7-0. The two fighters are even in height, but Yusuff has a slight edge in reach.
Not fighting Barboza
FeatherweightUFC
September 21, 2020
Yusuff is out of his fight against Edson Barboza for undisclosed reason, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The event was supposed to take place on "Fight Island" at the UFC event October 10. The promotion said they will be looking for a replacement to fight Barboza, but their primary target will be Makwan Amirkhani. Yusuff last fought in January when he defeated Andre Fili by unanimous decision.
Return to Octagon on tap
FeatherweightUFC
August 16, 2020
Yusuff (foot) is in line to fight Edson Barboza in a featherweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Oct. 10, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Yusuff hasn't fought since being issued a 180-day medical suspension as a result of a right foot injury suffered at UFC 246. In that fight, he recorded his fourth win in as many attempts under the UFC banner with a victory over Andre Fili via unanimous decision. He'll face a formidable opponent in Barboza, even though he's dropped five of his past six fights. Most recently, Barboza narrowly lost to Dan Ige via split decision in May. While Yusuff carries a reach advantage, Barboza has an edge in height.
Tending to foot injury after UFC 246
FeatherweightUFC
January 22, 2020
The Nevada Athletic Commission issued a 180-day medical suspension to Yusuff on Tuesday, pending clearance of a right foot injury, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Yusuff pushed his promotional record to 4-0 after defeating Andre Fili via unanimous decision Saturday at UFC 246, but he didn't come out of the Octagon unscathed. He'll now be subject to non-contact activity for 21 days and will need clearance from a physician if he's to compete again before late July.
Remains undefeated in UFC
FeatherweightUFC
January 18, 2020
Yusuff defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an extremely interesting performance from Yusuff. Known for his aggressiveness on the feet, Yusuff smashed Fili in the early going with some beautiful jabs. As the fight progressed, Yusuff's output on the feet dipped and by the time Round 3 rolled around he was essentially a counter puncher. It ended up being enough for Yusuff to secure the win but his poor takedown defense is a concern moving forward. Fili landed three of six takedown attempts and a more talented ground fighter may have very well been able to control Sodiq on the mat. Regardless, Yusuff displayed a different aspect of his game and that's a definite bright spot. The 26-year-old is a perfect 4-0 with the UFC.