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Multiple sources confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting on Monday after Allen initially dropped the news via Instagram.
Lets try this again.....ITS FIGHT WEEK! Saturday night in Vegas i will fight Sean Strickland. It all happened super fast, but we got everything done and put together. Thank you SO much to the @ufc @danawhite and my guy @mickmaynard2 for working his tail off and taking super good care of me and getting me set up with a talented opponent Back to #lasvegas tomorrow to handle business! Thank you as well to everyone for the kind words and messages about my last opponent and everything that happened, i really appreciate the support! #ufc #mma #bjj #wrestling #kickboxing #muaythai #henrihooftkickboxing #gregjoneswresting #sanfordmma #florida #louisiana #brendanallen #allinallen #185 #middleweight
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Allen was originally scheduled to compete this past weekend at UFC Vegas 13 but his opponent Ian Heinisch was forced off the card after testing positive for COVID-19. It’s the second time a fight between Allen and Heinisch has been scrapped.
Without an option to face a replacement opponent, Allen was pulled from the card but now he’ll get the chance to make the quick turnaround to fight on Saturday night instead.
As for Strickland, he just made his return to action in late October where he picked up a decisive win over Jack Marshman in his first fight back in over two years. Strickland was sidelined following a horrific motorcycle accident that could have ended his career but he eventually made his way back to the UFC.
Now Strickland will face off with Allen in a middleweight fight on Saturday night for the UFC Vegas 14 card that also needs a new main event. Islam Makhachev was forced out of the headliner with opponent Rafael dos Anjos still awaiting word on a replacement opponent.