It was a close contest with all judges seeing it in favour of Allen, scoring the fight 29-28.
In typical Malkoun fashion, the 26 year old implemented a heavy wrestling approach landing seven of his 14 takedown attempts in the fight. While able to get Allen to the ground with a high degree of success, once on the ground Malkoun was not active enough, landing 66 strikes throughout the 15 minutes, compared to Allen with 89.
This was illustrated by Malkoun landing just three significant strikes while on the mat, despite having over seven minutes of control time.
It was the first round that proved to be the decisive round with, round two going the way of Malkoun and three being Allen’s round.
The opening round began with Allen being the aggressor, while Malkoun looked to counter. It took some time before Malkoun attempted his first takedown however at the three minute mark, the Sydney native was able to close the distance and get a single leg takedown.
While able to get the takedown, Allen quickly worked his way back to his feet, before Malkoun dragged him back to the mat.
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With the opening round going the way of Malkoun early, Allen sensed he needed to do something to steal the round, again scrambling to his feet and then proceeding to trip the Sydney sider. Allen was able to secure the takedown and in the process landed in full mount.
Round two began with Malkoun being far more aggressive, pushing forward, able to land some solid punches before pushing Allen against the fence and taking the fight to the mat. Malkoun was able to keep the fight on the canvas for a large part of the second round, however gave up the position in the final minute after attempting to get on Allen’s back.
The third and final round followed a similar pattern to the opening two rounds, with Malkoun continuously getting the fight to the canvas again.
The Aussie looked to be on his way to winning the round before he again gave up position chasing a submission. This allowed Allen to get onto where he remained for the final two minutes of the fight to steal the third round and the fight.
It is now back to the drawing board for Malkoun who was on a two-fight win streak entering UFC 275. Still young in his career, Malkoun has plenty of time to develop his game, with his wrestling already proving to be one of his strongest attributes.
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