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Steps in to face Soriano
MiddleweightUFC
May 25, 2021
Allen will fight Puna Soriano in a middleweight bout at the UFC's July 24 event, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen is the replacement for Anthony Hernandez (hand), who was originally slated to face Soriano in June before withdrawing due to injury. Allen defeated Karl Roberson via submission last month and is quietly 4-1 since joining the promotion. Soriano took down Dusko Todorovic via TKO in January and is 8-0 in his MMA career.
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Takes out Karl Roberson
MiddleweightUFC
April 24, 2021
Allen defeated Karl Roberson via submission (heel hook) at 4:55 of Round 1 at UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It was an excellent effort from Allen on the heels of his surprising knockout loss at the hands of Sean Strickland last November. Allen's biggest drawback at times has been his poor striking defense, but Roberson was unable to take advantage in that area, and Allen was in firm control as soon as the fight hit the mat. Allen is a big, physical guy with an impressive all-around game for a fighter who is still just 25 years old. The Wisconsin native has quietly amassed a 4-1 record with the UFC, including wins overly quality names such as Tom Breese and Kevin Holland. Allen is unquestionably one of the brighter prospects at 185 pounds.
Added to UFC 261
MiddleweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Allen will take on Karl Roberson (illness) in a middleweight bout on April 24 at UFC 261, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
After earning seven wins in a row, Allen fell to Sean Strickland at UFC Fight Night in November. The 25-year-old will take on Roberson, who contracted COVID-19 back in December, leading to a cancelled fight with Dalcha Lungiambula. Roberson last fought in June, losing to Marvin Vettori via submission.
Win streak snapped at seven
MiddleweightUFC
November 14, 2020
Allen lost to Sean Strickland via TKO (punches) at 1:32 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Allen has been impressive since earning his UFC contract with a victory on Dana White's Contender Series in July 2019 but this wasn't his night. He seemed off balance from the very start and struggled to defend repeated power shots from Strickland. Allen is a creative offense fighter but his striking defense can get a bit lazy at times and that's exactly what we saw in this one. The good news for Allen is that he has youth on his side. The Wisconsin native won't turn 25 years of age until late December and he should have ample time to rebound from this setback. The loss snaps a seven-fight win streak for Allen.
Facing Sean Strickland
MiddleweightUFC
November 9, 2020
Allen will face Sean Strickland in a catchweight bout (195 pounds) in Las Vegas on Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen had been scheduled to take on Ian Heinisch last Saturday, but the fight was called off at the last minute due to Heinisch's positive test for COVID-19. He'll get to fight in November after all, however, with his matchup against Strickland being announced just five days before it's set to take place. Allen will be looking to improve his UFC record to 4-0. For his part, Strickland will be looking for his third straight victory and will be doing so just two weeks after his most recent fight in which he defeated Jack Marshman by unanimous decision on Oct. 31.
Off card after opponent withdraws
MiddleweightUFC
November 7, 2020
Allen will no longer fight Saturday in Las Vegas after his opponent, Ian Heinisch, withdrew due to a positive COVID-19 test, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup between the pair has now been called off twice, as it was originally scheduled to take place in late June before Heinisch withdrew with an undisclosed injury. Allen was able to fight a replacement (Kyle Daukaus) that time, but it's far too late to find a new opponent this time around, with the withdrawal coming on the day of the event.