Brendan Allen explains how he can get UFC middleweight title shot with win over Marvin Vettori: “It’s really up to me”
Brendan Allen believes he has a chance to secure a UFC Middleweight Championship opportunity after his next fight.
Allen is scheduled to collide with Marvin Vettori at a UFC Fight Night event on April 6. Allen is riding a six-fight winning streak and he is hoping to make a strong case for a shot at the 185-pound gold held by Dricus Du Plessis. Vettori will be fighting to return to the middleweight title conversation. Vettori has had losses to Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker, and Jared Cannonier. While those are three outstanding 185-pounders, Vettori wants to show that he can win those type of fights.
Beating Brendan Allen would go a long way, but “All In” has other plans.
Brendan Allen On How He Gets UFC Title Shot
Appearing on MMA Junkie Radio, Allen expressed his belief that a UFC middleweight title opportunity will hinge on how he performs against Marvin Vettori. He expects a crack at the hardware if he shows up and shows out.
“I feel it’s based on my performance. I think if I go out there and finish him and make it look easy, I think I drop my name in the hat for a title shot,” Allen told MMA Junkie Radio. “But worst case scenario, a true No. 1 contender fight is after that. I really think it just comes down to me. It’s really up to me.
“I think overall, I think this is my fight to lose. I think I’m better in every single place the fight can go. The guy is definitely tough. He can sure take a beating, but I’ve shown I can give one. I really don’t put any emphasis on any of it. I just need to go out there and be me and see where the cards fall.”
At the very least, a victory over Vettori would put Allen in the top five UFC middleweight rankings. At that point, he might just be as good a choice as any of the other top five competitors. The UFC will cross that bridge if Allen is successful against Vettori.