UFC London: Allen vs Hooker Preview, Prediction And Betting Odds

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UFC London goes down this weekend at the O2 Arena. In the co-main event, Dan Hooker makes his return to featherweight to face Arnold Allen.

Allen is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak in the UFC, with his most recent victory coming against Sodiq Yusuff at UFC Vegas 23, whereas Hooker is coming off a first-round submission loss to Islam Makhachev in a lightweight bout at UFC 267.

UFC London Analysis And Prediction

Allen vs Hooker is a very close fight. The Brit is good at everything, and is comfortable anywhere the fight goes. Whereas Hooker specialises in striking, but he has worked quite a lot on his grappling, especially his takedown defence, in the past few years.

The New Zealander has the edge in striking. He has a high output, great combinations and will have a significant reach advantage against his opponent, but Allen’s ability to mix things up will cause ‘The Hangman’ a lot of problems. ‘Almighty’ has a solid striking defence as well.

Statistically, Hooker is more offensive as he lands five significant strikes per minute, whereas Allen lands close to three. Allen is better defensively as he absorbs a little over two strikes per minute on average, whereas Hooker absorbs a little over four.

Allen has the edge in the grappling department, and he will constantly look to take the fight to the mat. He has solid wrestling and BJJ, and certainly has the skills to take Hooker down, but the Kiwi has a very good takedown defence.

It’s a really tough one to predict, but Hooker will use his experience, length and pace to earn a unanimous decision win.

Prediction: Dan Hooker by unanimous decision

Betting Odds:

Arnold Allen (-115)

Dan Hooker (-105)

Who do you think will win the UFC London co-main event between Arnold Allen and Dan Hooker?

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