UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland- Arnold Allen vs Sodiq Yusuff: Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/09/2021, 11:27 PM EDT


The 10th ranked Arnold Allen will fight the 11th ranked Sodiq Yusuff in an intriguing featherweight clash that serves as the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland. Both fighters have been out of action for over a year, but the two 27-year-olds will be keen to prove a point in this weekend’s contest.

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Former Dana White’s Contender Series alumni, Yusuff, is currently on a four-fight winning streak in the UFC. He earned a decision against Andre Fili in his last fight at UFC 246. Yusuff has earned two T/KO finishes in his previous four outings inside the Octagon.

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As for the Englishman, Allen, he will make his eighth appearance inside the Octagon against Yusuff. ‘Almighty‘ is undefeated (7-0) in his UFC run and has picked up two submission wins in the process. An eighth straight triumph for the Tristar Gym trainee will catapult him among the division’s elites.

Arnold Allen and Sodiq Yusuff in numbers

Allen has a professional record of 16-1. Five T/KO and four submission wins are the highlights of his career. A UFC veteran since 2015, Allen has defeated the likes of Makwan Amirkhani, the former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, and more in his stint with the world’s premier MMA organization.

‘Super‘ on the other hand, has a professional record of 11-1. Like his opponent, he is also undefeated in the UFC. Yusuff has six finishes in his career, all of which have come by the way of T/KO.

Both fighters tend to get hit in their fights, especially Yusuff. So, his chin will be tested here. Allen has a wonderful ability to absorb shots. It will come in handy against someone like ‘Super’ and this can play a crucial factor in the fight.

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The fight should be a close one, with every round being competitive, but Allen is a very good quality fighter and has lots of experience. Yusuff is top class as well, but he might just be edged out in almost every round of the contest. Allen should get a unanimous decision in a close fight.

Final Prediction: Arnold ‘Almighty’ Allen by unanimous decision.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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