“I was just a coward, having fun,” Allen said. “I was like, ‘Oh, man. It’s gonna be fun.’ I remember taking the first kick and just seeing his eyes. I thought he was going to be serious about it and say, “Yeah, come on,” but then he kind of went and kicked back, and I moved and shook my head, ” No “, towards him. That was when I was like, ‘Yeah, now it’s gonna be a fun night.’ “
Now, with his sights firmly set on making the Top 15 and moving up the ranks, “All In” lives up to its nickname.
Trust? No problem
“I’m never really going to tell anyone other than as a joke, but I always feel like I’m better than people when I step into this,” Allen said.
Obviously, Brendan Allen is not lacking in confidence. Even as a 23-year-old fighter against Aaron Jeffery in the Contender series, he has shown he has what it takes to make waves in the UFC. It’s a confidence born of work as well as an innate need to prove he’s the best man at night.
Having said that, he has that belief while also realizing that he has to achieve results so that everyone will give him the same kind of credit.
“It’s just up to me to show it or up to them to prove me differently,” Allen said. “He’s just kind of a chip on my shoulder, and it’s going to take a hell of a man to knock him down until he beats me all over the place and just beats me where I know they’re better than me.” He’s the man I’m looking to find, and someday I’ll find him. I just don’t know when.
Despite a quartet of losses on his professional record, Allen more or less brushes them aside and believes they are the result of his own mistakes. Even Strickland’s fight, Allen feels like his opponent “just caught him” because of his own mistake.