The news broke yesterday that FightstorePro.com
athlete Arnold Allen
had inked a deal with the UFC that would see him enter the Octagon at late notice in Berlin. With less than a week's notice, Allen steps up to the plate to face 22-fight veteran Alan Omer (18-4) in his native Germany.
The fight came about as Mike Wilkinson - also amongst our elite stable of fighters - sadly dislocated his shoulder last Friday and was forced to withdraw. Having kept himself in shape and ready to go, the young BKK Fighters man was never going to turn down the opportunity.
"I'm pleased to finally achieve one of my goals," Allen exclusively told Fightstore Pro. "My plan has always been to be in the UFC by 21 years old and I'm happy I'm going to be ticking that off."
As mentioned, his tender years mean that this should be just the tip of the iceberg for the Cage Warriors, M4TC and UCMMA veteran. At 9-1 and with 7 stoppages, he has already taken on some stiff opposition from the UK and Europe. Late notice is nothing new to him either, as his last bout saw him move up to lightweight to defeat Paul Cook in the North East despite jumping on the card with just days to go.
It's this work ethic and tendency to maintain his athletic capacity year round that ultimately mean he can make the most of these chances when they arise. However, he's not just intending to travel to Berlin to make up the numbers. He's confident that he can go and take victory from Alan Omer.
'The second part of my plan is to win my UFC debut. I'm definitely ready for this fight. I've been preparing my whole life for this moment."
"Alan Omer is a veteran of the European MMA scene, but I'm confident I've got the tools to get the win. If I didn't believe that I wouldn't have accepted the fight."
Allen has the confidence and gameness that comes from being young and hungry, yet the maturity of a seasoned campaigner in the cage. This could be the start of something huge for Arnold Allen, and Fightstore Pro will be supporting him all the way.
Find him on Twitter to keep up to date: @Arnoldbfa
Learn more about our sponsored fighter Arnold in our 'Introducing' article HERE