Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Suffolk star Allen to face replacement opponent at Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale

05 November, 2018 - 16:00
Arnold Allen (right) in action against Mads Burnell during UFC Liverpool in May. He'll now face Rick Glenn at the Ultimate Fighter 28 finale on November 30. Picture: PA SPORT

Arnold Allen (right) in action against Mads Burnell during UFC Liverpool in May. He'll now face Rick Glenn at the Ultimate Fighter 28 finale on November 30. Picture: PA SPORT

PA Wire/PA Images

Suffolk’s UFC star Arnold Allen will now face Rick Glenn when he makes his Las Vegas debut later this month.

Arnold Allen (left) is 4-0 in his UFC career so far. Picture: PA SPORTArnold Allen (left) is 4-0 in his UFC career so far. Picture: PA SPORT

Allen, 24, was due to fight legend of the sport Gilbert Melendez at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale at the Pearl at the Palms Casino on November 30.

But veteran Melendez has had to pull out of the featherweight clash with an injury, and has been replaced with ‘Gladiator’ Glenn (21-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

MORE: Allen beats Burnell at UFC Liverpool

Arnold Allen celebrates victory against Mads Burnell during UFC Fight Night at the Liverpool Echo Arena.Arnold Allen celebrates victory against Mads Burnell during UFC Fight Night at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

It’s a blow for Trimley St Martin’s Allen (13-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who was relishing the chance to move to 5-0 in the world famous octagon by beating the legendary Melendez, a title holder in multiple organisations and former world-title challenger in the UFC.

Instead, he faces a higher-risk, lower-reward assignment in Glenn, a 29-year-old who is known for being incredibly tough and durable.

All five of his UFC fights have gone the distance, with his last fight, at UFC Fight Night 133 in July, seeing him upset the highly-rated Dennis ‘The Menace’ Bermudez via split decision.

MORE: Allen tipped to be a future UFC champion by legend Hardy

Regardless, a win for southpaw Allen, who learned his craft at Dynamo Muay Thai in Felixstowe and BKK Fighters in Colchester before heading to the famed Tristar Gym in Montreal, will still see him move to the brink of the world top 15 rankings for the first time.

He would also be in line for some huge fights in 2019, potentially starting with the UFC’s annual trip to the O2 Arena in London on March 16.

Two Ipswich residents have been left with bills of more than £1,000 between them after subjecting their neighbours to late-night, high-volume music by Status Quo and Natalie Imbruglia.

Police were unable to act on five cases of adults having sex with teenagers in their care over the last four years due to a legal loophole, the NSPCC has revealed.

Eagle-eyed shoppers will have noticed that the former Grimwade’s store in Ipswich town centre is fast transforming, and Pret A Manger will soon be opening their first store in town.

An Ipswich teenager representing the town at the UK’s Youth Parliament has called for more action on knife crime during a debate in the House of Commons.

A crunch summit between Shotley Pier stakeholders is being held to try and decide on the plans for the future of the Suffolk tourist attraction.

Table tennis, jamaoke sessions and a ‘Quizzee Rascal Wednesday’ are all on offer at new Waterfront bar Wiff Waff opening tonight (Friday).

The new-look Cornhill will host thousands of people next week for the Ipswich Town Hall Christmas lights switch on.

If you are a parent of a three or four year old you will have received a letter from Suffolk County Council about school places this week. But what do you do next?

A motorist was stopped in Ipswich after vehicle checks found the car not to have a valid MOT.

Ice skating has become a staple tradition for many families at Christmas and pop-up ice rinks are set to appear everywhere from Felixstowe, where skating is free, to Newmarket.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24