Arnold Allen drops truth bomb on Dan Hooker at featherweight

Dan Hooker made his big comeback at featherweight when he faced Arnold Allen in the co-main event of UFC London. His weight cut seemed to be going well, but not the fight.

Arnold Allen was able to use his speed and power to injure Dan Hooker. The UFC London co-main event ended with Allen starting on Hooker and landing plenty of big punches.

“It’s huge,” Allen said after UFC London via MMAFighting. “To be honest, I know I’m a finisher. I know I’m really a decision-making guy, I’m pretending now, but I have the power in my hands. All my coaches tell me that I hit hard, I put people down with body shots in sparring. It just doesn’t come out in combat. I think the style of opponents I fought didn’t allow me to fight that way. I almost got it in the last fight, but then I broke my baby hands and it didn’t happen.

“I’ve always said, the better guys I fight, the better I’m going to show up. And [Hooker] is the best guy I’ve fought, he’s the most dangerous guy a mile in the country – like, physically his skills, he’s as long as anything – and I showed my best there- low.

Arnold Allen also gave his thoughts on Dan Hooker’s move to featherweight. The UFC contender didn’t hold back as he talked about the New Zealand fighter changing weight classes.

“I personally didn’t think it was the best choice,” Allen said of Hooker. “If anything, someone like that, come up [in weight] it might still be a good idea, but he knows his body, he knows how he feels. But yeah, I think his best work is at lightweight. Not a hit on him or anything obviously, but I don’t think making that extra cut is a good choice.

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