UFC Fight Night Allen vs. Craig just took place at the Apex in Las Vegas.
In the middleweight headliner Brendan Allen took on Paul Craig in a five-rounder.
Allen got off to a good start on the feet though the two fighters would trade submission attempts early with Craig going for a calf slicer.
The second round would see Allen take a clear lead with good striking and even getting to full mount, he also landed ground and pound that could easily have given him the round by a 10-8 score.
Allen would land a devastating left hand early in the third round that rocked Craig. The Scotsman Craig level changed and shot for a takedown but nearly got stuck in a guillotine, with Allen later taking the back and sinking in a rear naked choke that sealed the end to the fight.
Now Allen stands with an impressive six fight winning streak at middleweight with – five by way of finish.
After the fight Allen would call for a number one contender fight.
“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. (Robert) Whittaker, (Jared) Cannonier, ‘C*mshot,’ I don’t care,” Allen told Paul Felder. “I’m trying to fight, man. 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.”
— MS (@UFC_Obsessed) November 19, 2023
In the co-main event Ecuadorian Michael Morales would keep his record unblemished following a unanimous decision victory over Jake Matthews. While Matthews had some good moments in the second round Morales would also end round two with a heavy flurry of strikes.
Morales now has four straight wins in the UFC.
Check out the complete UFC Fight Night results below!
UFC Fight Night results
- Middleweight: Brendan Allen def. Paul Craig via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:38
- welterweight: Michael Morales def. Jake Matthews via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
- Lightweight: Chase Hooper def. Jordan Leavitt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:58
- Bantamweight: Payton Talbott def. Nick Aguirre via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:58
- Women’s strawweight: Amanda Ribas def. Luana Pinheiro TKO (spinning wheel kick and punches) – Round 3, 3:53
- Welterweight: Myktybek Orolbai def. Uroš Medic via submission (neck crank) – Round 2, 4:12
- Featherweight: Joanderson Brito def. Jonathan Pearce via submission (ninja choke) – Round 2, 3:54
- Bantamweight: Jose Johnson def. Chad Anheliger via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:49
- Middleweight: Christian Leroy Duncan def. Denis Tiuliulin via TKO (strikes and elbows) – Round 2, 4:24
- Heavyweight: Mick Parkin def. Caio Machado via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
- Catchweight: (148 lbs): Jeka Saragih def. Lucas Alexander via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:31
- Women’s bantamweight: Ailín Pérez def. Lucie Pudilová via unanimous decision (29–27, 29–28, 29–28)
- Lightweight: Trey Ogden vs. Nikolas Motta ends in a No Contest (premature stoppage)
- Catchweight: (128 lbs): Rafael Estevam besegrar Charles Johnson via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
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