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Arnold Allen ‘very frustrated’ by recurring injuries, still targeting a 2022 return and top-5 opponent

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Arnold Allen is a bit disappointed with the way things are going for him at the moment.

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In March, Allen scored a landmark victory in his career by knocking out Dan Hooker in the first round of the UFC’s return visit to London. This victory was Allen’s ninth in a row and put him on the verge of a title fight. With the UFC returning to London last month, many expected Allen to be called up again.

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Unfortunately for All Might, lingering hand problems prevented him from getting a second chance in front of his hometown crowd.

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“It’s still fragile stuff, it was just too early,” Allen said recently on Hour of MMAWithlike from his hands. “This time it was both hands. Dan has a strong head. I just have to be patient I guess. i broke this one [left hand] vs. Sodik [Yusuff] and I guess it wasn’t perfect against Hooker. Then I had more problems in both hands. Then I recently had two cortisone injections in [my right hand] and one in [my left]. Then I felt fine for about two weeks when I had steroid arms and then I started sparring again and hurt them again. So now I’m back. So slowly but surely we will get to the goal.”

Injuries have been a recurring problem for Allen, who only managed to fight multiple times a year once in his seven-year UFC career.

This fight has made it difficult for Allen to gain momentum and so despite not losing in the UFC, Allen is still only #9 in the featherweight division of MMA Fighting Global. Injuries are a pretty big setback in his career, and even Allen admits he’s disappointed with the way things are shaping up for him.

“All my career I have been very disappointed. But when I sit and really think about it, everything goes very well, so I can’t complain,” Allen said. “A lot of people text me or tag me in the comments, people complain or talk nonsense saying I only fight once a year. And I understand, I understand. But I don’t want to.”

Allen admitted that he was “gutted” by not having the opportunity to fight in London. But this is not the only chance that eludes him. As featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski recovers from injury and sets his sights on a lightweight title shot, there is talk of an interim title fight between Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett. Allen, who currently has the second longest winning streak in the division behind Volkanovski, is not involved in this conversation.

Again, this is largely due to his low activity.

“I think it’s easy to forget me because I’m not very active and don’t talk about it much,” Allen said. “And also, as I sit here, unable to fight, I’m not going to scream and say, ‘Oh, I deserve this and I want this.’ And if the contract goes through, I won’t be able to accept it. So yes, if I’m 100 percent and running at full capacity, I’ll probably push for something, but I’m not, so I can’t.”

However, Allen believes that things could change soon.

Although he is still recovering from hand injuries, Allen intends to fight again this year and, given his winning streak and status in the division, he believes that when he returns he will finally get a shot at the big win that can come with he has a place at the table.

“That would be good [to be in the mix]but I’m sure I’m going to fight this year and I’m optimistic that it will be one of those top five guys,” Allen said. “So with a win over one of those guys, I don’t think there’s any reason why I won’t get a chance at something good.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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