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    UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Allen (October 29, 2022)



    ESPN+ 7:00 pm ET
    Calvin Kattar vs. Arnold Allen
    Max Griffin vs. Tim Means
    Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Jared Vanderaa
    Josh Fremd vs. Tresean Gore
    Dustin Jacoby vs. Khalil Rountree

    ESPN+ 4:30 pm ET
    Roman Dolidze vs. Phil Hawes
    Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
    Joseph Holmes vs. Junyong Park
    Steve Garcia vs. Chase Hooper
    Cody Durden vs. Carlos Mota



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    Arnold Allen (-120) vs. Calvin Kattar (EVEN)

    It’s a coin flip and I’d rather not mess with it, honestly. Kattar massively underwhelmed against Josh Emmett last time out, so while I do think he’s got a good shot against Allen, I can’t trust him to execute here.

    Max Griffin (-180) vs. Tim Means (+155)


    This is another close one between extremely inconsistent fighters — best avoided.

    Waldo Cortes-Acosta (-195) vs. Jared Vanderaa (+165)


    The laws of comedy dictate that when I completely give up on Jared Vanderaa — accept that his win over Justin Tafa was an aberration, and bet against him — he’ll turn in the best performance of his career. The last few years, however, have been so desperately short on mirth that I’m not sure they apply anymore. Cortes-Acosta has the faster and heavier hands, plus enough defensive grappling skills to avoid Vanderaa’s powerful top game and a surprisingly stout gas tank. He’s got his share of flaws, but Cortes-Acosta has the right tools to overpower “The Mountain,” especially when the latter’s chin gave out for the first time in his most recent endeavor.

    Josh Fremd
    (-170) vs. Tresean Gore (+145)


    Gore has more physical gifts, while Fremd is a lot more seasoned. I’m arguing a bit with myself, but I think I’ll give this one to Fremd. He’s got a significant height advantage and enough skill to use it, which combines with his solid wrestling chops to give him the means to either knockout Gore like Cody Brundage did or defuse him like Bryan Battle. Both have been knocked out before, so don’t go crazy, but I believe in Fremd.

    Dustin Jacoby
    (-170) vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. (+145)


    Nope, not touching a Rountree fight. The man oscillates wildly between “world beater” and “disappointment” like few others.

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    185 lbs.: Phil Hawes vs. Roman Dolidze

    Four consecutive first-round finishes, including a 78-second knockout of Khadzhimurat Bestaev on Contender Series, earned Phil Hawes (12-3) a long-awaited Octagon berth in 2020. He currently sits at 4-1 in the world’s largest fight promotion and was last seen brutalizing Deron Winn to earn his second “Performance of the Night” bonus.
    His 10 professional finishes include eight via (technical) knockout.
    Georgia’s Roman Dolidze (10-1) picked up a pair of UFC victories before suffering his first-ever defeat at the hands of Trevin Giles. He’s since gotten back on track with another two wins, among them a 73-second bonus-winning knockout of Kyle Daukaus in May 2022.
    He stands two inches taller than Hawes, but gives up 1.5 inches of reach.
    This should be something of a graduation exam for Hawes. His cardio and durability have long been his biggest bugbears, and though Dolidze is outclassed virtually everywhere, he’s persistent and powerful enough to trip Hawes up if he’s not firing on all cylinders.
    That said, Hawes has such a massive edge in striking technique that it’s hard to pick against him, especially when he has the wrestling pedigree to avoid a smothering. Unless Dolidze lands an out-of-nowhere bomb like the one that broke Daukaus, expected Hawes to carve him up for another mid-round stoppage.
    Prediction: Hawes via second round technical knockout
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    265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

    Just three years removed from a 3-8 (1 NC) freefall, the ageless Andei Arlovski (34-20) now finds himself 6-1 in his last seven fights. His 2022 campaign has already seen him claim split decisions over Jared Vanderaa and Jake Collier.
    “Pitbull” will enjoy two inches of height and reach on “Pezao.”
    Last year, Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-8-1) put together his first two-fight win streak since 2014 with a decision over Maurice Greene and knockout of Ben Rothwell. The fun wasn’t to last, as he subsequently dropped a competitive decision to Blagoy Ivanov.
    He’s scored 14 knockouts as a professional.
    How many times now have we seen the new old Arlovski “veteran savvy” his way past big punchers that should have knocked his block off? It seems like “Pezao” is a prime candidate, too; the man’s made an art form of completely falling apart when he can’t find the early finish.
    And yet, I can’t bring myself to pick “Pitbull.” The man was beyond fortunate to get the nod against Jake Collier and has a historic allergy to the sort of devil-may-care blitzes that Rogerio de Lima loves to employ. Plus, while Rogerio de Lima is a dead fish off of his back, his takedown defense held up for a remarkably long time against Ivanov. If the Brazilian lands even a fraction of the power shots he connected with that evening, Arlovski’s going to sleep in a hurry.
    Prediction: Rogerio de Lima via first round knockout
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    185 lbs.: Joseph Holmes vs. Jun Yong Park

    Though the Contender Series victory for Joseph Holmes (8-2) didn’t earn him a UFC contract, his subsequent knockout of Jhonoven Pati on Lookin’ for a Fight did the trick. Jamie Pickett proved too high a bar to clear in his Octagon debut, but a dominant finish of Alen Amedovski got “Ugly Man Joe” back in the win column.
    All of his professional wins have come inside the distance, six via submission.
    Jun Yong Park (14-5) bounced back from a debut loss to Anthony Hernandez with three straight wins, only to fall short in a Fight of the Night war with Gregory Rodrigues. Undeterred, he subsequently kicked off his 2022 efforts with a split decision over Eryk Anders.
    “The Iron Turtle” gives up six inches of height and seven inches of reach to Holmes.
    Speaking in broad strokes, Holmes does have the means to give Park issues. Besides the obvious height and reach advantages, his solid top game is a good weapon to use against someone better at getting off of his back than at stopping takedowns in the first place. For all his skills, Park can definitely let fights get away from him.
    Still, losing to Jamie Pickett is about as big a red flag as you can find in today’s UFC Middleweight division. Park is the more proven product, the more dangerous striker, and has some solid wrestling chops of his own, so he gets the nod.
    Prediction: Park via unanimous decision
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    145 lbs.: Chase Hooper vs. Steve Garcia

    Chase Hooper (11-2-1) entered the Octagon undefeated before splitting his first four bouts. A nearly 12-month layoff followed, which he ended with a career-best wipeout of Felipe Colares in May 2022.
    “The Dream” has submitted five professional foes and knocked out another four.
    More than 19 months after losing his UFC debut against Luis Pena, Steve Garcia (12-5) scored his first Octagon victory with a ground-and-pound finish of Charlie Ontiveros. Then came fellow Contender Series veteran Maheshate, who stopped “Mean Machine” with punches just 74 seconds into the fight.
    He’ll have a one-inch reach advantage despite being the shorter of the two by one inch.
    We’re still a very long way from Hooper being an actual contender, but this is very favorable matchmaking for him. Garcia’s tendency to fall over himself when throwing was on full display against Ontiveros, who dropped him early before collapsing, and Maheshate, who just straight-up pasted him. This inability to maintain distance is an awful shortcoming to have against Hooper, who can convert a tie-up into a dominant position even without much in the way of actual wrestling skills.
    While Garcia’s size and power admittedly give him an edge on the feet, his lack of discipline will give Hooper far too many opportunities to drag the fight into his wheelhouse. Hooper racks up ground-and-pound until the ref intervenes.
    Prediction: Hooper via second round technical knockout
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    125 lbs.: Cody Durden vs. Carlos Mota

    After starting his professional career 4-2, Cody Durden (13-4) worked his way to the Octagon with a seven-fight winning streak. His UFC record currently sits at 2-2-1, including a brutal finish of J.P. Buys in his most recent effort.
    He is the taller man by two inches.
    The first bid at LFA Flyweight gold saw Carlos Mota (8-1) fall to Charles Johnson in the fifth round of one of 2022’s best wars. He made a second attempt seven months later, smashing Rizvan Abuev with a one-punch knockout to earn the strap in Aug. 2022.
    He steps in for Kleydson Rodrigues on less than one week’s notice.
    The pivotal question here is whether Durden can consistently take Mota down. Even with Durden’s obvious striking improvements of late, Mota’s power, aggression, and wilting body attack pose huge issues for someone this prone to fading down the stretch. The longer it stays standing, the more one-sided it will get in “Tizil’s” favor.
    This could just be the part of me that craves an entertaining fight talking, but I’m leaning towards Mota. He should have the grappling chops to survive Durden’s early takedown attack and has shown the grit and cardio necessary to take over once Durden starts to slow. A late snowball carries Mota to victory.
    Prediction: Mota via third round technical knockout

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    I'm liking the dogs in this event. ITD prop theory in play here on almost every dog. Let's see what sticks?
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    Bellator prelims just started from Milan. On YT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIBBBY View Post
    I'm liking the dogs in this event. ITD prop theory in play here on almost every dog. Let's see what sticks?
    I might follow you on some of those! Which ones are you staying away from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC2008 View Post
    I might follow you on some of those! Which ones are you staying away from?
    Arlovski as his fights always go to decision these days. That's about the only fight I'm staying away from as a dog ITD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIBBBY View Post
    Arlovski as his fights always go to decision these days. That's about the only fight I'm staying away from as a dog ITD.
    Yep. Arvlovski split lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIBBBY View Post
    Arlovski as his fights always go to decision these days. That's about the only fight I'm staying away from as a dog ITD.
    You're taking Weems ITD!?

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    Leaning towards Kattar/Allen to go to a decision.
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    - I can't believe how desolate this forum has become in the past 5 years. Unreal. It's like as soon as Hugo left it died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC2008 View Post
    - I can't believe how desolate this forum has become in the past 5 years. Unreal. It's like as soon as Hugo left it died.
    ^^^ yep crazy

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    Kattar blows his knee and everyone who bet on him loses their bet. That sucked!

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    Anyone know why he left?

    Quote Originally Posted by JC2008 View Post
    - I can't believe how desolate this forum has become in the past 5 years. Unreal. It's like as soon as Hugo left it died.

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