The UFC has signed yet another light heavyweight prospect, this time scooping up Brazil’s John Allan (13-5).
Allan, 26, has been on the UFC’s radar for some time now. Last summer, Allan competed on the Brazilian arm of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, which has since rebranded as the abbreviated Dana White Contender Series (DWCS).
On DWCS brazil, Allan fell short to eventual contract-winner Vinicius Moreira (9-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) via second-round triangle choke submission despite a successful first round that saw Allan bloody his fellow Brazilian.
After failing to secure a UFC contract on DWCS Brazil, Allan signed with Brazilian upstart promotion Future FC. Future, the brainchild of MMA veteran Jorge Oliveira, is an innovative promotion predicated on showcasing the next generation of MMA stars.
At Future FC 6 on Friday, Allan defeated previously undefeated prospect Alexandre Silva via second-round TKO in a barnburner of a fight, which Future FC uploaded to their YouTube channel.
Just days later, John Allan has signed with the UFC, Future FC confirmed on their Instagram. Future FC touted the achievement, adding, “One more fighter straight from Future to the biggest MMA show on the planet!”
Allan, who sports nine knockouts and three submissions in thirteen wins, will look to parlay his impressive finishing skills into a successful run in the UFC.
The addition of Allan to the UFC’s roster is another addition to the promotion’s continued efforts to rebuild the aging light heavyweight division.
Michael Fiedel is The Body Lock's deputy editor, a staff writer for FloCombat, and a Russell-Rice scholarship recipient at Vanderbilt University.