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UFC 239 results: Arnold Allen hands Gilbert Melendez fifth straight loss

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Arnold Allen is still undefeated in the UFC and it came at the expense of a fifth straight loss for two-time title contender Gilbert Melendez.

The British prospect showcased a technical striking attack to pick Melendez apart over the course of all three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory in the featured prelim at UFC 239. The scorecards all read 30-27 in favor of Allen, who earns his sixth straight victory since joining the UFC roster.

“I want to finish guys but Gilbert is as tough as they come so I wasn’t expecting to knock him out,” Allen said following the win.

Melendez came firing out of the gate, swinging for the knockout with every punch but it appeared that Allen was just biding his time until he found an opening for his offense.

Once Allen got his timing down, he began unleashing a blistering series of combinations that were just punishing Melendez to the head and body. Again and again, Allen was using pinpoint accurate strikes to batter Melendez and force the former Strikeforce champion to back up against the cage while trying to weather the storm.

It was a methodical yet relentless attack from Allen, who was constantly peppering Melendez with his combinations while making sure to protect himself from any counter shots coming back at him.

The combination of speed and volume were paying huge dividends for Allen while Melendez was clearly getting frustrated as he stepped back to the center of the Octagon for the third and final round.

With five minutes remaining, Allen was still assaulting Melendez from head to toe including several stiff leg kicks that were adding up a lot of damage. Allen uncorked one final flurry in the last 10 seconds to look for the finish but Melendez was able to survive until the final horn.

Still, Allen did more than enough to earn the victory as he moves to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in the UFC. Meanwhile, Melendez continues to struggle after dropping his fifth consecutive fight, including his only two appearances in the featherweight division. Melendez is now 1-6 since joining the UFC in 2013.