English fighter Arnold Allen continued his impressive winning run at UFC Raleigh on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old Allen outpointed late replacement opponent Nik Lentz over three rounds, his seventh straight win inside the octagon. Despite holding one of the best win streaks in the promotion, he is still to be ranked at 145lbs.
Unfortunately, this win is unlikely to change that. He’ll remain unrecognized despite being one of the best in the world. “Almighty” is in serious need of a big step up to ensure his development doesn’t stagnate. This will allow him to show fans exactly how good he is.
A fight against #9 ranked contender Josh Emmett was originally slated for this weekend’s event. However, the Alpha Male fighter pulled out injured. This would have been a perfect coming out party for Allen. Emmett is a huge name, highly respected and immensely talented. A win over him would have put Allen in line for a shot at one of the top five contenders.
In the end, despite beating the always game Lentz, the youngster has earned little in terms of credit or advancement in the featherweight division.
Through his seven-fight UFC run, Allen has beaten the likes of former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, Cage Warriors featherweight king Mads Burnell and Finnish fighter Makwan Amirkhani. Whilst impressive to the hardcore MMA fans, these wins are unlikely to have increased his reputation outside of this select group. Allen is in desperate need of a big name, who is highly ranked. This would act as a showcase fight, allowing the Englishman the chance to announce himself on the world scene. Whilst also putting himself into the minds of fighters and fans as a guy worth fighting and watching.
A bunch of ranked fighters are currently without an opponent, however I’m not sure many will be too excited about stepping in with the British featherweight prospect anytime soon.
It’ll be interesting to see exactly who and when Allen fights next. Let’s hope he finally gets his well-earned crack at someone who is at least in the top 15. Anything else would be a huge waste of talent.