Arnold Allen to face Sodiq Yusuff in battle of featherweight prospects at UFC Fight Night 188 on April 10

ARNOLD ALLEN will make his long-awaited return to the octagon next month against fellow featherweight prospect Sodiq Yusuff.

SunSport has confirmed reports the eleventh and tenth-ranked 145-pounders will meet at UFC Fight Night 188 on April 10.

News of the fight was first reported by MMA Junkie.

Suffolk's Allen has been on the sidelines for the last thirteen months following a decision victory over the recently-retired Nik Lentz.

Dana White's Contenders Series graduate Yusuff, meanwhile, has also been on the sidelines for the same period.

The Nigerian-born American last competed at UFC 246 in Las Vegas, where he earned a unanimous decision victory over Andre Fili.

Allen, 27, will enter the battle of prospects with a perfect 7-0 record inside the octagon.

Like his upcoming opponent, Yusuff has yet to taste defeat during his time on the UFC roster – winning all four of his fights in the promotion.


Victory over the highly-touted Yusuff could kick start a run to featherweight title contention for Allen, who is coming up on the six-year anniversary of his octagon debut.

The location of UFC Fight Night 188 has not yet been announced, although it's expected to take place at the UFC's Apex Facility in Las Vegas.

The card will be headlined by a pivotal match-up in the middleweight division between Liverpool's Darren Till and the in-form Marvin Vettori.

UFC Fight Night 188 card (as it stands)

Darren Till vs Marvin Vettori – Middleweight bout

Nina Ansaroff vs. Mackenzie Dern – Women's Strawweight bout

Jarjis Danho vs. Yorgan De Castro – Heavyweight bout

Bea Malecki vs. Norma Dumont Viana – Women's Bantamweight bout

John Makdessi vs. Ignacio Bahamondes – Lightweight bout

Zak Cummings vs. Sam Alvey – Middleweight bout

Kyle Daukaus vs. Aliaskhab Khizriev – Middleweight bout

Jordan Griffin vs. Luis Saldana – Featherweight bout

Jack Shore vs. Hunter Azure – Bantamweight bout

Daniel Rodriguez vs. Mike Perry – Welterweight bout

Da Un Jung vs. Shamil Gamzatov – Light Heavyweight bout

Impa Kasanganay vs. Sasha Palatnikov – Welterweight bout

Scott Holtzman vs. Mateusz Gamrot – Lightweight bout

Jim Miller vs. Joe Solecki – Lightweight bout

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