“I’m the better boxer”- Arnold Allen wants to settle the debate of ‘best boxer in the UFC’ by beating Calvin Kattar

Arnold Allen secured the biggest win of his career against Dan Hooker at UFC London, and now, he wants to test his skill against Calvin Kattar.

Arnold Allen vs Calvin Kattar
Arnold Allen vs Calvin Kattar

Arnold Allen shocked the world by knocking out Dan Hooker in the first round of their contest at UFC London. Hooker was coming off from a submission loss against Islam Makhachev, and he decided to drop down to the featherweight to get a fresh start for his career. The move didn’t go as planned, and now fans are worried about his future in the organization.

Allen extended his win streak to 10, and he is currently undefeated in the UFC. He’s been asking for top-ranked opponents for a long time, but a win over Hooker certainly gave his career the much-needed push. Allen was very happy with his performance, and he talked about this in his post-fight interview.

He said, “To be honest, I know I’m a finisher. I know I’m a decision guy really, I’m pretending now, but I’ve got the power in my hands. All my coaches tell me I hit hard, I put people down with body shots in sparring. It just doesn’t come out in the fight. I think the kind of style of opponents I’ve fought haven’t allowed me to fight that way. I nearly had it in the last fight, but then I broke my baby hands and that didn’t happen.”

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I don’t think making that extra cut is a good choice“- Arnold Allen reflects upon Dan Hooker’s decision to moving down to featherweight

Dan Hooker after losing to Arnold Allen at UFC London
Dan Hooker after losing to Arnold Allen at UFC London

Allen called out another featherweight prospect, Calvin Kattar after his win. Kattar took a beating of a lifetime from the former champ, Max Holloway at the start of 2020. But, he came back stronger against Giga Chikadze and stunned everyone with his performance. Allen wants his shot at the title, and he realizes he needs to run through someone in the top 5 to get his shot.

Talking about his decision to call out Calvin, he said, “I want to be in the top five and I think he’s top five, and that’s the fight to put me there. And we got offered that fight for a main event spot last year, or earlier in the year I think, but I was out with injury. I think (a fight against Calvin) works really good. He’s less tall than this guy, so that works out. But yeah, he’s predominantly a boxer, I’m predominantly a boxer, so it’s fan friendly fight and I think I’m the better boxer.”

Hooker is in a tough spot in his career and reflecting upon his featherweight move, Allen said, “I personally didn’t think it was the best choice. If anything, someone like that, going up maybe again would be a good idea, but he knows his body, he knows how he feels. But yeah, I think his best work’s at lightweight. Not a knock at him or anything obviously.”

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