In an electrifying showcase of his grappling prowess, Brendan Allen left no doubts about his championship aspirations, bulldozing his way to an emphatic victory over Paul Craig in the UFC Vegas 82 main event.
Allen's relentless ground assault was the highlight of the night, culminating in a third-round rear-naked choke submission that forced Craig to concede defeat a mere 38 seconds into the round. With this stunning win, Allen notched his sixth consecutive victory, demonstrating his mastery in the art of submissions, having finished five of his last six opponents.
Post-fight, a confident Allen wasted no time in laying out his demands for his next challenge, declaring,
"I’m a man of my word, that’s what I do. I need a No. 1 contender’s shot. I think I deserve it. I’ve earned it. I beat everyone they put in front of me. I finished them. Whoever the UFC says that it is. I don’t care who. [Robert] Whittaker, [Jared] Cannonier, [Khamzat Chimaev], whoever, I don’t care. I’m trying to fight."
The clash with Craig showcased Allen's grappling prowess against a formidable opponent. Throughout the bout, Allen displayed relentless aggression, transitioning effortlessly from mount to submission attempts, despite Craig's valiant efforts to defend himself.
In a high-stakes opening round, both fighters engaged in a grappling exchange, with Allen showcasing superior control on the ground, dominating from the mount position while unleashing a barrage of strikes on Craig. The relentless assault continued into the second round, where Allen's ground-and-pound opened a ghastly cut on Craig's head, establishing complete dominance.
Entering the third round, Allen wasted no time, immediately asserting his dominance by swiftly maneuvering to Craig's back and securing the fight-ending rear-naked choke, forcing Craig to tap out, cementing Allen's assertion as a serious threat in the middleweight division.
Ever-confident and unyielding, Allen issued a stern warning to his middleweight counterparts, stating,
"I’m coming. I’m a f****** problem. Come see me if you want it."
With each dominant victory, Brendan Allen solidifies his claim for a shot at the top contenders in the UFC's middleweight division. As his star continues to ascend, the anticipation mounts regarding the UFC's decision on his next opponent.