Brendan Allen drops, submits Bruno Silva, then sends message to Israel Adesanya at UFC Jacksonville

Brendan Allen continued his surge up the middleweight pecking order on Saturday when he submitted Bruno Silva at UFC Jacksonville.

Brendan Allen (22-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) extended his winning streak to five fights with a standout effort against Bruno Silva (23-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the main card opener at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

After showing he was more than capable of hanging with Silva on the feet, Allen connected with a combination that led to a knockdown. He methodically chipped away at his Brazilian foe on the ground before taking the back and locking up a rear-naked choke for the tap at the 4:39 mark of Round 1.

Check out the replay of Allen’s handiwork below (via Twitter):

Following his win, Allen made it clear he’s looking ahead at a championship fight in 2024, and said he thinks he’s the biggest threat to 185-pound titleholder Israel Adesanya.

“I’m the youngest guy in the top 15 with the most fights – I will be the next champion,” Allen said in his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. “The only guy able to threaten the actual champion everywhere. Izzy, in 2024 I’m coming.”

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  • Chepe Mariscal def. Trevor Peek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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