After starting the fight with a crisp striking display, Allen reversed a leg lock attempt from opponent Karl Roberson by then grabbing onto his own straight ankle lock submission. As soon as Allen leaned back into the hold, a painful grimace washed over Roberson’s face as he was forced to tap out or risk serious damage done to his leg.
The end came at 4:55 in the first round. Originally, the submission was announced as a heel hook, but an official correction was issued later by the UFC.
“I felt the toes sink in [to the armpit],” Allen said about setting up the fight finishing submission. “I knew it was short time. It was great.”
Prior to the dramatic ending, Allen showed off an improved striking game after spending this training camp learning under head coach Henri Hooft and his team at Sanford MMA in Florida. It appeared Allen would be happy to trade shots all night with the former GLORY kickboxer but he eventually brought the fight down to the floor.
Roberson did his best to defend on the ground but when he rolled for his own leg lock submission during a scramble, Allen saw the opening for one of his own.
As soon as Allen hooked his arm around the ankle and torqued his body to rotate the submission, Roberson was done.
A promising prospect at 185 pounds, Allen got back on track after falling to Sean Strickland in his previous outing and that is a fight he would definitely like to have back in the future.
“He won that night, 9 out of 10 times he doesn’t,” Allen said about Strickland. “I’m going to avenge that loss. I promise you.”