Sean Strickland put forth a wonderful performance against Brendan Allen with a second-round stoppage on the main card of UFC Vegas 14.
Brendan Allen took advantage of an opening at UFC Vegas 14, agreeing to fight Sean Strickland after his fight last week was scrapped due to COVID-19. Allen came to the UFC with plenty of hype as the LFA champion and scored a submission victory on the Contender Series. He’s certainly delivered, with stoppages against veterans Kevin Holland and Tom Breese followed by a short-notice decision victory against Kyle Daukaus.
Strickland has been around, making his promotional debut in 2014. He’s carved out a nice career for himself, going 8-3 in the Octagon and losing to top welterweights Santiago Ponzinibbio and Kamaru Usman. Most recently, he’s rebounded from from a loss against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos with victories over Nordine Taleb and Jack Marshman, with the Marshman one coming just two weeks ago.
Jabs were traded out of the gate with Allen landing a low kick. Allen went high with a kick then double-jabbed Strickland. Strickland fired back with jabs of his own then caught a body kick from Allen, driving him to the canvas. Allen attempted a sweep, but Strickland stayed strong on top. Allen ate a big right hand then started working his way to his feet. Strickland had commanding control of the clinch, but couldn’t bring Allen down again. Allen started working his quick strikes again once he gained separation. Strickland stayed steady with his jab, but got cracked by a left hook. After a fiery start from Allen, it was Strickland who was controlling the stand-up with a beautiful jab. A front kick found the chin of Allen, who fired back with a combination to close out a fun first round.
Strickland got right back to work in the second round, sending Allen stumbling with a combination of straight punches. Allen came back inside but continued to eat straight shots. A few leg kicks landed for Allen, but Strickland’s jab was too much to handle. A cracking left rocked Allen and only a few more hooks were needed to stop the fight.
2️⃣ weeks! 2️⃣ wins!
Strickland 2.0 has emerged at the UFC APEX!
— UFC (@ufc) November 15, 2020
Sean Strickland def. Brendan Allen by TKO (Punches) in Round 2 (1:32)