Brendan Allen taps Paul Craig, makes case for No. 1 contender fight

Brendan Allen is eyeing a potential No. 1 contender fight as he looks to build off another statement win in the UFC after stopping Paul Craig in their middleweight clash. Allen’s (23-5 MMA, 11-2 UFC) victory at UFC Fight Night 232 elevated his current winning streak to six, with both victories coming via third-round stoppages before calling out the division’s best fighters.

Claiming the main event spotlight in Las Vegas, Allen and Craig (17-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) kicked off at a measured pace until Allen found his range and connected with the more precise strikes. In the third round, Allen secured the rear-naked choke to force Craig to tap out at 0:38 mark and make a strong case for a future No. 1 contender bout.

The 27-year-old Allen immediately turned his attention to the division’s elite, indicating that he was ready for a bout against the top names, such as Robert Whittaker or Jared Cannonier. In his post-fight interview, Allen stated, “I think I deserve it, I’ve earned it. I’ve beat everyone they put in front of me, I finished them. Whoever the UFC says that is, I don’t care who. ‘C*mshot,’ I don’t care. I’m the No. 1 contender. I’m the best in the world, I’m here to prove it. If you say otherwise, come show me, don’t tell me.”

Allen’s impressive win adds another notch to his current momentum in the UFC and places him in a prime position to face off against the elite competition in the middleweight division.


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