VIDEO: Felixstowe MMA fighter Arnold Allen tipped for top in UFC after win at Cage Warriors FC Fight Night 11
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It may be a sleepy Suffolk seaside town, but Felixstowe is home to a fighter many are tipping to be the next big thing in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Arnold Allen has just returned from Jordan, where he fought and won in impressive style at the Cage Warriors FC Fight Night 11 event on Good Friday.
Allen, 20, needed just 37 seconds to beat German-based Brazillian foe Tobias Huber by TKO.
And Allen remains unbeaten in his professional fighting career so far, with seven MMA wins from seven fights. He has yet to taste defeat in any of his amateur MMA, boxing and Muay Thai bouts either.
Indeed Allen, who trains and fights out of the BKK Fighters gym in Colchester, is being tipped by many MMA pundits as a future 145lbs champion in the world-famous Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the premier MMA organisation on the planet.
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The Suffolk fighter is trained by MMA veteran and fellow rising star Jack Mason, who also won on the Cage Warriors card, taking his record to 27 wins and 13 losses with a unanimous points victory over Patrick Vallee in the main event.
Speaking after the fight, Allen said he wanted to wrap his fight up quickly so he could go and help mentor Mason get ready for his main event battle.
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“It was all a blur,” he added. “The gameplan was to keep him at the end of my punches. I shouldn’t have let him grab hold of my leg but he did and my cornerman told me to hit him, so I did!”
Allen, who now teaches wrestling in Felixstowe, was also extremely popular with the Jordanian fans – who seemed to mistake him for another young star of the entertainment world.
“I think they genuinely think I’m (Justin) Bieber out here,” he joked.
As for what’s next on his fighting agenda, he said: “I want to go to 8-0 next. I want to chase that belt down this year.”
If you want to learn MMA, BKK Fighters hold beginner sessions for men and women over the age of 14 every day. Visit www.bkkfighters.com for more information.