Blessed vs Allen: UFC legend claims Arnold Allen deserves title shot “if he can do it” against Max Holloway

On April 16th, fans of the UFC featherweight division will be treated to a showdown between two top fighters in the weight class as former champ Max Holloway faces off against the fourth-ranked Arnold Allen at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.

The highly anticipated bout, which serves as the main event of an exciting card, could potentially determine the next challenger for the featherweight title currently held by Alexander Volkanovski.

Alexander Volkanovski of Australia punches Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020, on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Although interim champion Yair Rodriguez is expected to have the first crack at the title, the winner of the Holloway vs. Allen fight is likely to be next in line. During a recent BT Sport show, a former UFC champion also offered his candid opinion on the upcoming fight.

During a recent appearance on BT Sport’s YouTube channel, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping provided his analysis of the upcoming fight card.

ex-UFC champion supports Arnold Allen’s bid for a title shot

The 44-year-old expressed his support for fellow Englishman Arnold Allen. And suggested that if he manages to defeat ‘Blessed’ (Max Holloway), he should be granted a title shot.

Although Bisping expressed his backing for Allen. He also acknowledged the significant obstacle that the Englishman faces in the form of Max.

The former middleweight champion referenced Holloway’s defeats to Volkanovski. He suggested that the Hawaiian fighter has a “chip on his shoulder” as he enters this pivotal match.

“You’re fighting a world championship quality fighter and a guy that has a chip on his shoulder. To prove to the world that I’m still one of the best. And that’s who he’s got to fight just to get the title fight.” Bisping pointed.

According to the former fighter-turned-analyst, if Allen emerges victorious in the upcoming fight. He should rightfully earn a title shot from the UFC.

“So if he can do it, if he does pull it off. Then my word Arnold Allen without question is the next in line,” Bisping stated.

Headlining an exciting card will be Arnold Allen and Max Holloway

Max Holloway
Alexander Volkanovski punching Max Holloway

Following a string of spectacular events this year, the UFC is set to present another exciting card for fans. While the main event guarantees to be a spectacle. The preceding fights are also packed with action.

UFC veteran Edson Barboza, who has already established himself as a legend Will feature in the co-main event against 34-year-old Billy Quarantillo. As if that wasn’t enough, Pedro Munhoz and seasoned fighter Clay Guida are also set to face their opponents in the main card of the event.


UFC enthusiasts might witness a rare occurrence where almost every fight on the card could turn out to be extremely entertaining. The significance of the main event ensures that both fighters will bring their absolute best to the octagon.

What is your opinion on the upcoming Holloway vs. Allen fight? Do you think Allen has what it takes to defeat the former champion and secure a title shot?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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