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‘Nothing has been easy in my career’ – Arnold Allen expects a tough road to become Britain’s third UFC champion after legendary victories over Michael Bisping and Leon Edwards

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Featherweight contender Arnold Allen is believed by many to be the next fighter from British shores to hold UFC gold.

The 28-year-old put together an impressive eight-fight winning streak to secure the biggest fight of his career against perennial contender Calvin Kattar who he faces at UFC Vegas 63 on Saturday night.

Kattar and Allen face off this weekend

A win could put him next in line for a shot at longtime champion Alexander Volkanovski who recently flirted with the idea of ​​upping his weight to fight for the lightweight title won by Islam Makhachev at UFC 280. .

With the 145-pound title picture currently uncertain, ‘Almighty’ predicts he will have to overcome a few more hurdles after Kattar to become Britain’s third UFC champion.

“It will probably be a long and difficult road. Nothing has been easy in my career. I had to be patient and wait for everything,” Allen told talkSPORT.

Leon Edwards recently became the second British fighter to win MMA’s first world title after viciously knocking out Kamaru Usman in August at UFC 278.

Prior to that, fighting legend Michael Bisping was Britain’s only UFC champion after claiming the title in 2016 with a first-round knockout victory over Luke Rockhold.

“The Count” went on to defend the belt against Dan Henderson before handing it over to Georges St-Pierre and retiring in 2018 for a life in the UFC commentary booth.

Edwards knocked out Usman in the fifth round with a brutal head kick

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Edwards knocked out Usman in the fifth round with a brutal head kick

Bisping scored a huge upset at UFC 199

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Bisping scored a huge upset at UFC 199


Lately a new wave of British UFC fighters have come to the fore after two epic events at London’s O2 Arena earlier this year, but Allen is way ahead of them when it comes to being a real contender for the title.

For now, he is only focused on getting Kattar who he believes will bring out the best in him due to their mutual love of punching.

“He’s really good. I watched a lot of his fights, followed his career and all that. That’s why I asked for it after the [Dan] Hooker just fights because I like the match-up,” Allen added.

“Two predominantly boxers make for an exciting fight. He’s someone who doesn’t try to put me down and will probably bring out the best in me.

“The way you saw him with Hooker, the style he fought with forced me to put out my best game. I think all the things he does will bring out my best, that’s why I wanted the fight.



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