Undefeated since his return to middleweight last year, Allen has asserted himself as one of the best 185-pounders in the world. With four straight wins, three by rear-naked choke, “All In” currently finds himself in the UFC’s top 10, and now in his second main event spot in the promotion. If he can keep this momentum rolling against Craig, the 27-year-old could become a legitimate title threat in 2024.
A fan favorite known for his slick submissions and his ability to pull off incredible comebacks, Criag was a top-15 light heavyweight before making the drop down to 185 pounds earlier this year. In his debut, Craig showed off the skills that make him beloved, overcoming a tough spot to finish Andre Muniz in the second round and earn himself a middleweight ranking. Now “Bearjew” hopes to break into the division’s top 10 so he can make a run at the title.
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