Arnold Allen


Injury Hand
Est. Return 10/9/2021
Handed six-month medical suspension
April 13, 2021
Allen has been handed a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive X-Ray result on his left hand, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Allen can gain clearance from a doctor to return sooner than that if his hand has healed ahead of that time, so there is a scenario where he returns sooner than the six months allotted. He isn't allowed contact until May 2 and won't be allowed to fight in another contest until May 11 at the earliest, which seems far from likely anyway.
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Gets by Sodiq Yusuff
April 10, 2021
Allen defeated Sodiq Yusuff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Allen's eight consecutive victories is the longest current streak in the UFC's featherweight division. Champion Alexander Volkanovski is next with seven. This was a weird fight because Allen essentially won it on the strength of just two big shots. He floored Yusuff in Round 1 after connecting with a short shot before clocking him with a vicious head kick in Round 2. Yusuff somehow never went down following the kick, but was clearly damaged. Allen hung on for the judges decision after a third round in which his movements had slowed considerably. Allen has a high fight IQ and is deceptively strong. He's not going to beat himself and has never been stopped in his pro career. He's also just 27 years of age. The future is exceedingly bright for the "Almighty" one.
Returning in April
February 3, 2021
Allen will take on Sodiq Yusuff (undisclosed) in a featherweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for April 10, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Allen will return to the Octagon for the first time in over a year for a matchup between a pair of fighters who are undefeated with the promotion. Allen most recently defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision at UFC Raleigh in January of 2020 by winning the significant striking battle. Yusuff withdrew from a fight scheduled for October for an undisclosed reason, but he defeated Andre Fili via unanimous decision at UFC 246 in January of 2020 by displaying aggressiveness on the feet during the matchup. The two fighters are even in height, but Yusuff has a slight advantage in reach.
Opponent for Nov. 7 withdraws
October 24, 2020
Allen is in search of a new opponent for the Nov. 7 UFC event as Jeremy Stephens was forced to withdraw due to injury, reports.
The promotion figures to attempt to secure a new opponent for Allen, but it's unclear if it will be successful with only two weeks until the scheduled bout.
Fight set for early November
October 6, 2020
Allen will take on Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight bout at the UFC event Nov. 7, Nolan King of reports.
Allen will be making his first appearance since defeating Nik Lentz back in January. He will now look to go to 8-0 with the UFC in early November against Stephens.
Stays undefeated in UFC
January 26, 2020
Allen defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
Allen had to overcome a slow start in a fight that was much closer than what the betting odds predicted, but he was ultimately able to win the significant striking battle 63 to 49 and come away with the decision. The first round could have easily gone either way, but Lentz wasn't able to keep up his early pace in the second, and Allen seemed to get the better of the exchanges from that point on. The Tristar product is now 16-1 in his MMA career, with a perfect 7-0 mark under the UFC banner.