A Focused Brendan Allen Is A Dangerous Brendan Allen

There have been points in the past where that hasn’t happened, where the effort and skills from the gym didn’t translate into the Octagon, but during the course of his current winning streak, that version has largely been the guy turning up on fight night and standing triumphant in the center of the cage when it’s all said and done.

“I try to (bring) the guy from the gym into (the Octagon), and if I do that, I think I can beat anyone in the world on any day,” Allen said confidently. “So I just go in there to be me. If I can be me every time, I’ll bet on me every time and I think I’m gonna win every time.

“I can be caught like every person — a puncher’s chance is real; it can happen to anyone.

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“I know I can go out there and get caught, again, but skill-for-skill, I know I’m better; I think he knows I’m better,” added Allen, the “he” in this case being Curtis, who got the better of things in their first meeting in December 2021, which is the last time the sixth-ranked middleweight was saddled with a loss. “So that’s what I’m focusing on: going out there, focusing for 29 minutes, being so focused, dialled in, and not letting anything deter me.

“I just want to be focused for 29 minutes.’

Originally slated to face off with perennial contender Marvin Vettori, Allen admitted that he and his team had a sense that “The Italian Dream” might not make it to fight night, and it’s not like this is the first time he’s been forced to deal with a change in opponents.

It’s not even the first time he’s had to do this against Curtis, though the proud father of two isn’t looking at their bout on Saturday as a chance to get even after what transpired the first time around.

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