Middleweight contender Brendan Allen will headline his first UFC event as he takes on Paul Craig on Saturday’s Fight Night in Las Vegas.
Allen is not happy with the current state of the division, and at yesterday’s media day, the No. 10 ranked middleweight shoots down Khamzat Chimaev’s spot in the rankings, as well as a number of top ranked fighters.
“It’s bullshit,” Allen said. “This guy hasn’t beat an ‘85er. He hasn’t beat an ‘85er, especially a ranked ‘85er. He beat the No. 1 170 guy. Cool. Congratulations. I think everyone can agree a five-round fight, Kamaru wins and that was off the couch. Keep him at ‘70 and rank him No. 1, do that. This is a different thing.”
Khamzat Chimaev hasn’t “beat an ‘85er”
Chimaev’s win over Kamaru Usman at UFC 294 didn’t impress Allen at all. In fact he doesn’t even see the bout as a real middleweight fight.
“They weighed in at ‘85, but they’re both 170s. I don’t know how you rank — I don’t know if anyone here’s on the panel, but if you do, I don’t like you. I’m just gonna be honest,” Allen said. “The rankings are absolutely political bullshit.”
Submission specialist Brendan Allen is currently riding a five-fight winning streak that includes four wins via rear-naked-choke. Khamzat Chimaev is still undefeated in the UFC with seven wins in the promotion, five via stoppage.
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