Britain star Arnold Allen was seen smiling between rounds as he lost to UFC legend Max Holloway as the winning streak ended

Britain star Arnold Allen has been spotted smiling between rounds – despite losing his UFC winning streak.

Allen, 29, went down with Max Holloway in Kansas City in a thrilling five-round epic.

Arnold Allen went down in her UFC fight against Max Holloway


Arnold Allen went down in her UFC fight against Max HollowayPhoto credit: Getty
The loss ended Allen's 12-fight winning streak in MMA


The loss ended Allen’s 12-fight winning streak in MMAPhoto credit: Getty

But the Suffolk fighter showed his class throughout – and was clearly enjoying the fight against a UFC legend.

So much so that he was beaming during breaks.

Holloway admired Allen and paid tribute to his defeated opponent.

The Hawaiian ace, 31, said: “Allen is the nicest guy ever.

“In between rounds he was smiling and I was like, ‘I can’t talk to this guy.

“I told him you’re a legend and we’ll probably see each other a few times.

“He’s up there, his IQ is super good, he made it for five rounds, he was very smart.

“He’s a great guy, a fat boy, like a bodybuilder and a torso like a tank. It was kind of confusing.”


Kate Bush-loving Allen came into the fight on the basis of 12 straight pro MMA wins, including all 10 of his UFC appearances.

He put on a brave display at the showdown in Kansas, knowing that a win would likely have given him a shot at the UFC Featherweight Championship.

Despite some hard punches, he couldn’t match the level and creativity of former world champion Holloway, who used his body kicks to great effect.

Allen gave it his all in the final round to find a knockout – but ended up on the canvas himself when caught off guard.

After falling sorely short and making a unanimous decision on points, the Almighty said, “Max has been around for a long time, he’s an inspiration to me, thanks to all the fans for coming out.”

Allen went on offense in the final round to try and land a knockout


Allen went on offense in the final round to try and land a knockoutPhoto credit: Getty
There was a lot of respect between the two


There was a lot of respect between the twoPhoto credit: Getty


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