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Next fight booked
MiddleweightUFC
September 14, 2021
Allen will take on Brad Tavares in a middleweight bout at the UFC event Dec. 4, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen is coming off a unanimous decision win over Puna Soriano back in July. Prior to that he submitted Karl Roberson back in April. He will look to take down Tavares, who is 6-3 in his last nine fights.
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No grappling required in win
MiddleweightUFC
July 24, 2021
Allen defeated Puna Soriano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
With nine wins coming by submission, it was a bit surprising that Allen didn't try to get the fight to the ground. There was no need for jiujitsu on this night, though, as Allen was able to use his length to score with jabs and body kicks after weathering the storm in round one. Allen also looked a bit more defensively responsible in this one than he has in past fights. If the 25-year-old can bring his level of striking anywhere close to his grappling, the middleweight division could have a real problem on its hands. Allen improves to 17-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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.
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.