Haidon Allen was ready to enter the world of MMA but there was one problem. When prospective opponents saw his wrestling and boxing pedigree they politely declined the invitation to fight him. He finally had someone take him up on the offer but there was just one catch, the rookie would have to make his MMA debut in a title bout.
Haidon Allen left his mark on St. Helens high school athletics having achieved All-League in football, baseball and wrestling. After graduating high school in 2017 he went on to wrestle at the University of St Mary where he secured the best finish in school history by taking 2nd place at the 2018 Missouri Valley invite in the 133 lb weight class. Haidon then transferred to his dream school, Oregon State University, where he joined two of his former high school teammates on the Beavers wrestling squad.
Haidon picked up fighting in 2021 and competed 18 times in a year (boxing, kickboxing and street beefs). He moved into the 6th ranked spot in United States amateur boxing after his performance at the 2021 USA Boxing National Championship and is currently 12-2. Haidon decided to combine his boxing and wrestling skills into a viscous Mixed Martial Arts formula and in March of 2022 captured his first MMA title when he won a Full Contact Fighting Federation bout.
Haidon is the son of Rocky and Dahla Allen and traces his ancestry to Salavan and Savannakhet Laos. Dahla’s parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1970’s and she was the first of her family to be born in the United States.
About this Article
Information for this article came from interviews with Dahla and Haidon Allen. FCFF photos are courtesy of Russell Smith of Smit Hammer Photography.
Last Updated: March 28, 2022