Movsar Evloev rolled on Saturday, when he beat Arnold Allen – arguably his most difficult test to date.
The UFC 297 Main Card kicked off with the featherweight match at Scotiabank Arena. Evloev (18-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) was victorious in a unanimous decision (29-28-28-28).
Both men had damage to their faces when the dust settled.
Allen (19-3 MMA & 10-2 UFC), who had a very close first round with Evloev, sustained swelling of the left eye in Round 2 as a direct result of the combination. He was rattled by the blows, but recovered well on his stool.
Allen was on a mission in Round 3. He pursued Evloev in a hurry and threw semi-recklessly. He stuffed many of Evloev’s wrestling attempts throughout the fight, particularly in Round 3.
Choke attempts were a common defensive technique. Allen used a headlock on Evloev’s front and delivered three knees in a pivotal sequence. As the knees landed, Evloev’s left hand continually elevated off, then returned to, the canvas.
Marc Goddard called timeout after he ruled the knees to be illegal. The skin of Evloev’s head was shredded as a result of the blows, but he was…