LONDON, UK – UFC featherweight Arnold Allen wasn’t scheduled to fight at UFC London on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop him from showing up at the O2 Arena to meet fans , combatants and the media.
“I feel like all my social awkwardness anxiety is coming out because I don’t have the adrenaline of a fight. So I’ll probably be a little weirder than usual,” Allen said with a smile. speaking to Cageside Press, among other outlets.
Allen (18-1) fought on the last UFC card in London in March where he defeated Dan Hooker via TKO. He hurt his hands in the fight and healed, but he was still a little upset that he wasn’t ready for that card on Saturday night.
“Yeah, I was definitely gutted. When they announced they were coming back so soon, I was like, as soon as they announced it, I was like I wasn’t going to be ready for it. Like I wouldn’t be on this card,” Allen said.
“But, my whole career, I just tried to look at brighter things, bigger things, and the last card was really good. I’ll just keep that one in mind.
With the win over Hooker in March and a 9-fight winning streak, Allen sees himself earning a top 5 featherweight finish for his next fight. Hooker’s fight, however, left him injured and unable to book a next fight too soon.
“Just my hands were throbbing for weeks (after the Hooker fight) and it really hurt. It felt really good to beat someone with a big name like that, that way too,” Allen said.
Entering the O2 for this card, Allen experienced the other side of attending an event in London as a fighter.
“I was told to take the back entrance today, and I went through the front entrance and went to Five Guys. I literally stood there for about an hour taking pictures. I don’t think not that it would happen before the fight, so that’s positive,” Allen said with a smile.
“Always like, if someone comes and asks for a photo, I always do, but it was a long queue. I was surprised that it continued. It’s good to see that I’m going in the good direction.
With Allen being a growing star and having such a winning streak to build on, it remains to be seen if he will get one of the top names at 145 pounds.
“Anyone in that top 5. I mean, I’m 9-0 in the UFC, I don’t really know my record. It’s pretty good I think. I feel like I deserve, or if anyone deserves to fight to the top, it’s probably me 9-0 in the UFC, just finished Dan Hooker,” Allen said.
“Give me someone in that top 5, you know. Any one of them.”
Watch the full UFC London post-fight scrum with Arnold Allen above.