Posted on: October 29, 2022, 10:00 a.m.
Last update: October 29, 2022, 07:30.
The cfu APEX in Las Vegas will host top 10 featherweights Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen tonight in one of the premier events of the year. In the UFC Fight Night 213 Co-main event veterans Max Griffin and Tim Means will be looking to get back into the win column after winning three of their last four fights.
In total, there will be 11 MMA fights, although by Jake Paul boxing match against Anderson Silva can steal some of the thunder. The social media influencer turned fighter takes on one of the most experienced UFC fighters of all time, Anderson Silva. He is unable to enter the octagon because, according to him, UFC owner Dana White has banned him.
UFC fight night will feature Kattar (#5) and Allen (#6) in a five-round duel. One of the two could come a lot closer to a division title fight with a strong performance tonight.
Allen makes his debut
Allen (18-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) makes his first appearance in a UFC main event as he takes on Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC). The hype for the event, coupled with what should be an uphill battle, led to this becoming a five-round fight instead of the normal three.
|Calvin Kattar||Arnold Allen|
|Total number of laps||More than 4.5 (-140)||Less than 4.5 (+110)|
|Courtesy of DraftKings|
For Kattar, doing five laps in the octagon is already commonplace. It’s the sixth time he’s fought in a UFC main event, making him a seasoned veteran of the spotlight.
It could also give him an advantage. In Kattar’s last five fights, he’s gone the distance and shown he can take a beating. These fights were nothing more than a prelude and a warm-up for tonight’s key battle.
However, for Allen, it’s a crucial fight that could put him on the path to climbing the rankings. He’s won all nine of his UFC fights so far but also had to overcome hardships to get where he is.
Allen suffered injuries and canceled games, which made it difficult for him to build momentum. He made his first octagon appearance seven years ago and since then has only fought about one fight a year.
However, he is now picking up the pace. Last March, he recorded a first-round TKO when he fought Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night 204. Today’s fight provides the perfect opportunity to show the fighting world what it’s made of. .
More fights to fill the map
In addition to the Kattar-Allen bout, the main event is split by a welterweight battle between Means and Griffin. Means (32-13-1, 1NC) suffered a loss to Kevin Holland last June, his first after three straight wins.
Griffin (18-9-0) has been on the run lately, earning a TKO over Ramiz Brahimaj in November 2020 and a knockout over Song Kenan in March 2021. Four months later, he picked up a victory over Carlos Condit, but has took a loss against Neil Magny last March.
Griffin is the ratings leader and shouldn’t disappoint. However, Means is going to make sure the fight goes the distance.
Waldo Cortes-Acosta will look to extend his undefeated record in his heavyweight match against Jared Vanderaa. The former LFA champion has won all seven of his fights and isn’t ready to slow down.
Cortes-Acosta (7-0-0) comes into the match after knocking out Dan Suzart in the Contender Series. He has five wins by KO/TKO which is going to prove to be a problem for the 12-9-0 Vanderaa. Cortes-Acosta is the overwhelming favorite to win, and the game will likely end quickly.