UFC 239: Arnold Allen thinks he better be ranked after Gilbert Melendez win


LAS VEGAS – Arnold Allen beat Gilbert Melendez with a unanimous decision Saturday night to close out the preliminary card at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Allen, who stayed perfect at 6-0 in the UFC with a win over a former Strikeforce champion.

Result: Arnold Allen def. Gilbert Melendez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Updated records: Allen (15-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC), Melendez (22-8 MMA, 1-6 UFC)
Key stat: Melendez has lost six of his seven fights in the UFC and hasn’t won in nearly six years.

Allen on the fight’s key moment

“It went exactly how I expected it. I knew it would be a full battle, but that I’d be too fast and technical for him. I want to finish guys, but he’s as tough as they come. So I wasn’t expecting to knock him out.”

Allen on training at Tristar Gym with Firas Zahabi

“The game plan was to keep him at range and punish him when he stepped in. That was a big part of working with Firas Zahabi the whole camp. That’s exactly what we worked.”

Allen on what he wants next:

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