Arnold Allen targeting the winner of Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Ige next


After extending his UFC file to 8-0 with a unanimous choice victory over Sodiq Yusuff at UFC Vegas 23 on Saturday, Arnold Allen is prepared for a step up in competitors.

Earlier than Saturday night time, the 27-year-old Allen hadn’t competed since January 2020. Coming off back-to-back victories over Gilbert Melendez and Nik Lentz, nevertheless, Allen picked up proper the place he left off and has now positioned himself for an enormous combat at 145 kilos.

“I’d wish to push ahead,” Allen stated following the victory (MMAFighting.com). “I don’t know if this pushes me up as a result of I believe I used to be No. 10. I don’t know if this pushes me up the rankings or what, however yeah, I positively wish to go up. I don’t wish to keep, and I don’t wish to combat backwards, I wish to combat guys above me, you understand? The tip of 2021, I’d wish to be sitting within the top-5.”

Shifting ahead, Allen will hold a detailed eye on the upcoming bout between former title challenger Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige. The pair is ready to headline a UFC Combat Night time on June 19, and Allen feels as if a bout towards the winner might make sense for him subsequent.

“Somebody like Korean Zombie, I used to be at all times an enormous fan of him, so unintentionally I’ve studied him my entire life,” Allen stated. “He’s flat-footed, he doesn’t transfer nice, he doesn’t cope with somebody transferring round him, and I transfer very properly. However I do know he simply booked a combat with Dan Ige. So perhaps the winner of that combat sooner or later in the event that they’re above me within the rankings, that’s one thing that may be cool.”

“The Korean Zombie” is presently ranked No. 5 within the featherweight division and is coming off a loss to Brian Ortega, who will subsequent problem champion Alexander Volkanovski. Earlier than that loss, nevertheless, he had received consecutive fights towards Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar.

Ige, in the meantime, is ranked No. 8 at 145 kilos and has received seven of his final eight bouts. Most not too long ago, he scored a knockout victory over Gavin Tucker final month in Las Vegas.

A combat towards both Jung or Ige will surely characterize a logical subsequent step up in competitors for the rising Arnold Allen, who has established himself as a reputation to look at within the featherweight division.

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