It’s not something you typically hear from a fighter who just lost in the UFC for the first time, but the truth is that Allen feels the loss could have been what he needed.
At 3-0 in the UFC, Allen was climbing high, ready for a crack in the top 15 and ready to finally fight Ian Heinisch. But the fight would fail yet again, forcing Allen to agree to a short-notice fight with Sean Strickland.
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“I think emotionally it was really hard to get him taken off again and I really didn’t know who Sean Strickland was, to be honest. I thought it was going to be fun, ”Allen told UFC.com. “It was hard for me to understand that I was missing the Top 15 opportunity. It was a bit of immaturity there.
Strickland knocked out Allen early in the second round, giving the 25-year-old a loss he didn’t see coming. Allen saw the loss as a learning experience, and he believes his mental toughness will help him bounce back in a big way at UFC 261.