JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Brendan Allen beat Karl Roberson with a first-round submission Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Take a look inside the fight with Allen, who got back in the win column and has won eight of his past nine.
Allen on the fight’s key moment
“I held Karl so highly the whole camp. I told everyone I expected him to be better than (Israel Adesanya). I expect that because I want him at his best. I expect him to be at his best. I know how good I am, my team knows how good I am, and I wanted to show that.
“I feel OK. I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m surprised the straight ankle happened that close. I thought we were about to go to the second round. I told them all week, ‘I hope this is a quick, one-punch drop kind of thing.’ I’m ready for three rounds, but I just want to bang and go home.”
Allen on the motivation from his daughter
“I had a lot of nerves backstage, just today, period. I’m always like, ‘Man, is this going to be my last one?’ I miss seeing my kid grow up. I’m away from her – I miss her so much. Every time I Facetime her, there’s always something new that she’s doing. She’s saying something, she’s doing something. That’s my biggest goal in life – be there for her and watch her grow up. I don’t want to be away from her, so that’s constantly in my head when the nerves get real bad.”