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Sodiq Yusuff versus Arnold Allen supplied a combat possibly showcasing the way forward for the featherweight division, and presumably a rising stars eliminator reserving.
Early within the first, Yusuff received off stability throughout a strike that led to a takedown by his opponent. Nevertheless, a nasty guillotine pressured Allen off and the pair again to their toes. Because the spherical progressed, the overhand left of the Englishman saved discovering a house and ultimately floored his foe with two minutes left. Allen had the larger moments and will get the spherical.
“Tremendous” fought measured within the second, and gave the impression to be main the spherical till a giant head kick from “All Mighty” wobbled him. But, Yusuff maintained his lead in strikes that landed throughout the spherical. Making it a choice for the judges between stats versus a second.
It was a giant closing 5 minutes for these two unbeaten within the UFC 145-pounders. Yusuff appeared to sense that urgency and was very aggressive all through the spherical, whereas Allen selected to forego putting for grappling within the third. It was a detailed closing 5, with none main moments for both man. In the long run, Allen’s huge moments within the first two rounds determined it, as he was awarded a giant unanimous choice win over one other proficient younger star within the division.
Allen strikes to 17-1, with eight straight within the UFC. The tenth-ranked featherweight will inch up the ladder in a stacked division and appears arrange for a pivotal combat with a giant identify in the summertime. On the opposite aspect, the Nigerian is handed his first loss within the UFC and first loss since 2017. He could also be moved again a few spots from his eleventh rating subsequent week, however the loss doesn’t harm his inventory a lot.
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