Despite ‘perfect performance’ at UFC Fight Night, Arnold Allen knows he must improve to climb UFC ladder
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Suffolk fighter Arnold Allen may have just put on the “perfect performance” at UFC Fight Night, but he knows he’ll have to keep improving to continue his climb to the pugilistic pinnacle.
Trimley St Martin’s Allen looked sensational in his second trip to the UFC octagon at a packed 02 Arena on Saturday, dominating veteran grappler Yaotzin Meza on the way to a unanimous decision victory.
The 22-year-old was far faster and crisper than Meza during the striking exchanges and stuffed any attempt by his foe to take the fight to the floor.
He capped his display by flooring Meza with a blitzkrieg of punches at the end of the third round, but his semi-conscious opponent was saved from a knockout defeat by the final bell.
It was evident that months spent at Montreal’s world-famous Tristar Gym have paid off for Allen, who now boasts an impressive 11-1 career record, including a perfect 2-0 slate for the UFC.
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“It was good,” Allen said, reflecting on his showing. “I expected to improve after my time at Tristar and I felt I did – I just feel like my all-round game was better, I was relaxed and composed and I wasn’t fighting wild and just swinging shots.
“He was knocked out inside the buzzer, but the ref stopped it on the buzzer, had he jumped in straight away I would have won by KO.
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“I felt like I could have done that sooner, but I was enjoying the ring time and displaying the control I had.”
With a KO win Allen could have been in line for a second straight $50,000 performance bonus, but he’s not too disappointed – instead he just wants to get back in the gym.
“I’ve got no regrets, it was a perfect performance,” he explained. “That said, there was a lot of mistakes that I wouldn’t have got away with against a better striker.
“I’m home for a few weeks catching up with family and friends but then I’m going back to Tristar – I need to find some sponsors so I can carry on out there.
“I wanted to have three fights this year and keep active, but it all depends what my coaches say – they’ve been involved in some of the biggest fights ever, so they know what they’re doing!”
- If you want to sponsor Allen, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.