So far, Arnold Allen has yet to find his equal in the UFC — and if that run continues this weekend against the former 145-pound champion Max Holloway, ‘The Almighty’ says that a title fight is the only next logical step for him.
Allen, 29, is 19-1 in a professional career (and unbeaten in the UFC) whose only defeat in the cage is a three-round decision defeat at lightweight to Marcin Wrzosek who, at that time, was one of the standout fighters on the European scene. Since then, though, Allen has not felt the bitter sting of defeat as he scythed through a steady stream of solid opposition at featherweight, including the likes of Makwan Amikhani, Mads Burnell, Gilbert Melendez, Nik Lentz and, most recently, Dan Hooker and Calvin Kattar.
And if he gets his hand raised once more late on Saturday night, Allen says that the only fight that makes sense is the winner of the upcoming title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez.
“He ex-champion, one of the greatest featherweights of all time,” Allen said of Holloway to The Mac Life and other media outlets on Wednesday. “His resume is nothing short of inspiring. He’s done all the things I want to do, and he’s set the path for the things I want to do too.”
“I think so,” he added of facing the winner of the Volk-Yair, which takes place in July. “I feel like it has to. There’s nowhere else to go then surely.”
He also added that he expects Holloway to bring out the best of him in the cage — and as Allen showed in his fight against Dan Hooker, his best is something to behold.
“He’s rarely in a boring fight,” Allen said. The way he fights is going to bring the best out of myself. It’s never a thought about trying to be the guy to put him down. It’s never the thought, whoever you’re fighting. You’re always thinking about the five rounds and doing the distance. Obviously the goal is always to try to finish, but the thought is to go five rounds.”