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Rising middleweight Brendan Allen submits Bruno Silva; challenges Adesanya

Brendan Allen continued his ascent through the middleweight ranks at UFC 290, securing a victory over Bruno Silva.

Allen (22-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) showcased his dominance by winning his fifth consecutive fight against Silva (23-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the opening bout of the main card at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Despite Silva’s prowess on his feet, Allen demonstrated his striking ability and landed a combination that resulted in a knockdown. He then proceeded to systematically dismantle his Brazilian opponent on the ground, ultimately seizing his back and securing a rear-naked choke for the submission victory at 4 minutes and 39 seconds into the first round.

Following his impressive win, Allen expressed his ambition to contend for the championship in 2024 and claimed that he poses the greatest threat to current 185-pound titleholder Israel Adesanya.

“I am the youngest fighter in the top 15 with the most experience. I will be the next champion,” Allen confidently declared during his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. “I am the only one capable of challenging the reigning champion in every aspect. Izzy, in 2024, I am coming for you.”

Brendan Allen was a heavy -190 favourite to win the top MMA betting sites.

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