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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.
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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.
Set to return Nov. 7
MiddleweightUFC
August 14, 2020
Allen (orbital) is in line to take on Ian Heinisch (undisclosed) in a middleweight bout at a UFC event Nov. 7, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen sustained multiple injuries in his win over Kyle Daukaus, but he'll be ready to return to the cage against Heinisch. He was initially scheduled to face Heinisch in late June, but the latter was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Heinisch defeated Gerald Meerschaert via TKO (punches) at UFC 250 in early June. Allen has advantages in height and reach.
Receives 180-day medical ban
MiddleweightUFC
June 29, 2020
The Nevada Athletic Commission announced Monday that Allen was suspended 180 days after sustaining left orbital, nasal and sinus fractures in his win over Kyle Daukaus at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The medical suspension would rule Allen out from competing until late December, though he could return before that date if he receives full medical clearance from a doctor. With the win over Daukaus, Allen pushed his UFC record to 3-0 since making his promotional debut in October 2019.
Sustains multiple injuries
MiddleweightUFC
June 28, 2020
Allen suffered three fractures in his orbital floor and nose after his UFC Vegas 4 victory over Kyle Daukaus on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen was in the driver's seat for the first two rounds of Saturday's matchup and even won the overall significant striking battle 41 to 34, but his momentum halted in the third round. Daukaus was able to record a takedown and pass guard twice in that frame, doing some damage by way of seven significant strikes (33 total strikes). It's unclear if that's when Allen suffered the multiple facial injuries detailed by the report, but either way, he'll likely be sidelined for an extended period of time once official medical suspensions are released. Allen had been hoping to put his 3-0 UFC record on the line next against his originally-scheduled opponent, Ian Heinisch, but that proposed matchup could end up being on hold for as much as six months.