The UFC is in the process of finalizing a big time matchup in their featherweight division. MMA Junkie was the first to report today that the promotion is booking a matchup between top ten contenders, Sodiq Yusuff (11-1) and Arnold Allen (16-1).
The matchup is set to take place at a UFC Fight Night on April 10th. This will be the first time either man will have stepped into the cage in over a year. The last time we saw Yusuff was at UFC 246 in January of 2020.
That night, Yusuff took on the tough Andre Fili. While File was able to push Yusuff, Yusuff still picked up the unanimous decision victory. The win was his fourth straight since earning a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series.
Yusuff has a ton of hype behind him and there is a great amount of interest in this featherweight contender. He will make the walk on April 20th as the tenth ranked contender in the division. For the first time, he’s going to be facing a fighter ranked above him.
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Just like with Yusuff, the last time we saw Allen in the UFC was in January of 2020. That night, Allen was able to pick up a decision win over Nik Lentz. Allen joined the UFC back in 2015 and has fought seven times for the promotion.
While he’s been fairly inactive, Allen has had a great start to his career with the promotion going a perfect 7-0. The English born featherweight will have a massive opportunity on April 10th.
Allen will make the walk as the ninth ranked featherweight in the UFC. Should he be able to pickup a win over Yusuff, it is very likely that he could get a top five opponent in his next matchup. There’s going to be a lot on the line in this one in April.