Posted on: October 29, 2022, 10:00h.
Final up to date on: October 29, 2022, 10:00h.
The UFC APEX in Las Vegas will host top-10 featherweights Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen tonight in one of many primary occasions of the 12 months. Within the UFC Struggle Evening 213 co-main occasion, veterans Max Griffin and Tim Means will attempt to get again within the win column after profitable three of their final 4 fights.
In complete, there will likely be 11 MMA fights, though Jake Paul’s boxing match towards Anderson Silva could steal a number of the thunder. The social media influencer-turned-fighter is taking one of the vital skilled UFC fighters ever, Anderson Silva. He’s unable to enter the octagon as a result of, in response to him, UFC proprietor Dana White banned him.
UFC Struggle Evening will function Kattar (#5) and Allen (#6) in a five-round duel. One of many two might transfer a lot nearer to a struggle for the division title with a robust efficiency tonight.
Allen Makes His Debut
Allen (18-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) is making his first look in a UFC primary occasion as he faces Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC). The hype of the occasion, coupled with what is predicted to be a robust battle, led this to grow to be a five-round struggle as an alternative of the conventional three.
|Calvin Kattar||Arnold Allen|
|Whole Rounds||Over 4.5 (-140)||Beneath 4.5 (+110)|
|Courtesy of DraftKings|
For Kattar, going 5 rounds within the octagon is already an everyday factor. That is the sixth time he has fought in a UFC primary occasion, making him a veteran who’s used to the highlight.
That would additionally give him a bonus. In Kattar’s final 5 headline fights, he went the space and confirmed that he can take the punches. These fights had been nothing greater than a prelude and a warm-up to tonight’s key battle.
Nonetheless, for Allen, it is a essential struggle that might set him on a course to leap up within the standings. He has received all 9 of his fights within the UFC up to now, however has additionally needed to overcome difficulties to get to the place he’s.
Allen has suffered accidents and canceled matches, and this has made it tough for him to develop momentum. He made his first look within the octagon seven years in the past and, since then, he has solely fought about one struggle a 12 months.
Nonetheless, he’s now choosing up the tempo. This previous March, he logged a first-round TKO when he fought Dan Hooker at UFC Struggle Evening 204. Immediately’s bout gives the proper alternative to indicate the combating world what he’s product of.
Extra Fights To Fill Out The Card
Along with the Kattar-Allen bout, the primary occasion is shared by a welterweight battle between Means and Griffin. Means (32-13-1, 1NC) took a loss to Kevin Holland this previous June, his first after three straight wins.
Griffin (18-9-0) has been on a run these days, taking a TKO towards Ramiz Brahimaj in November 2020 and a KO towards Tune Kenan in March 2021. 4 months later, he tacked on a win over Carlos Condit, however took a loss towards Neil Magny this previous March.
Griffin is the chief within the odds and shouldn’t disappoint. Nonetheless, Means goes to verify the struggle goes the space.
Waldo Cortes-Acosta will look to increase his undefeated document in in his heavyweight match towards Jared Vanderaa. The previous LFA champ has received all seven of his bouts, and isn’t able to decelerate.
Cortes-Acosta (7-0-0) comes into the match after knocking out Dan Suzart within the Contender Sequence. He has 5 wins by KO/TKO, which goes to show to be an issue for the 12-9-0 Vanderaa. Cortes-Acosta is the odds-on favourite to win, and the match will seemingly finish shortly.