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UFC Vegas 63 predictions – MMA Preventing

In a good and simply world, Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen can be combating for a title shot on Saturday.

However that is the world of MMA — particularly the UFC — the place phrases like “earned” and “deserves” do not maintain all that a lot weight, so whether or not it is Kattar or Allen — No. 8 and No. 9 respectively within the MMA Preventing International Rankings — who has their hand raised within the UFC Vegas 63 featherweight predominant occasion, neither fighter is assured something.

Reigning 145-pound king Alexander Volkanovski has already set his sights on a superfight with newly topped light-weight champion Islam Makhachev for UFC 284 in Australia subsequent February, which suggests the featherweight division has to attend for the outcomes of that yet-to-be-booked bout earlier than anybody can try to unseat Volkanovski.

That is a merciless actuality for Kattar, who has been booked in opposition to one ranked contender after one other, and for Allen, who’s 9-0 within the UFC and has but to smell a No. 1 contender’s struggle. Which is what this struggle must be, however is not. And that sucks for the athletes, even when followers will nonetheless be handled to a pay-per-view stage five-rounder between two of the perfect featherweights on this planet.

In different predominant card motion, Max Griffin fights Tim Means in what is certain to be a welterweight crowdpleaser, Jared Vanderaa welcomes heavyweight Waldo Cortes-Acosta to the UFC, Josh Fremd seems to be to maintain The Final Fighter 29 middleweight finalist Tresean Gore winless contained in the octagon, and Dustin Jacoby and Khalil Rountree battle for a spot within the mild heavyweight rankings.

What: UFC Vegas 63

The place: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

When: Saturday, Oct. 29. The six-fight preliminary card begins at 4 pm ET on ESPN+, adopted by a five-fight predominant card at 7 pm on ESPN+.

Calvin Kattar vs. Arnold Allen

One factor about Arnold Allen: The person won’t be made to rush.

That is not only a touch upon the 28-year-old’s gradual stand up the featherweight charts, however his strategy to the struggle on the whole. He maintains his composure and sticks to his sport plan always, so if falls on Calvin Kattar to deliver the struggle to him.

Thankfully for Kattar, he has loads of expertise being on the offensive for 25 minutes. Remember the fact that Allen has but to compete in a five-rounder whereas Kattar’s previous 4 fights featured championship frames. We all know that Kattar can keep tempo even in a back-and-forth slugfest, it is Allen’s gasoline tank and resolve which are in query.

One more reason I lean in the direction of Kattar is that he is the extra confirmed standup fighter. Allen has a wonderful counter sport and a potent left mitt, however he is but to face an opponent who can power him right into a dirty struggle. I count on Kattar to be the one to power Allen out of his consolation zone, and when that occurs, we’ll discover out whether or not Allen is championship materials or if he simply wants a contact extra seasoning.

Kattar by choice.

Choose: Kattar

Tim Means vs. Max Griffin

Max Griffin’s herky jerky, in-and-out fashion spells hassle for “The Soiled Chook.”

Tim Means is at his greatest when he has a dance accomplice that he can pin down together with his strain sport, and whereas Griffin will not draw back from a scrap, he’ll be extra inclined to make use of his motion to interrupt Means’ rhythm. This technique ought to serve him nicely within the early rounds as he pops Means with well-timed punches.

It is within the latter levels of the struggle that I’ve my doubts about Griffin’s capacity to outlast Means. Griffin’s methods requires a variety of vitality to work correctly and we have seen his composure ebb as a struggle drags on. Means will discover openings to do harm, particularly if he senses that he is down on the playing cards heading into the third spherical.

Nonetheless, I see Griffin build up sufficient of an early lead that he’ll have the ability to comfortably regulate as Means ramps up the aggression. So long as Griffin’s protection holds up and he can constantly land counters, that is his choice to take.

Choose: Griffin

Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Jared Vanderaa

I am choosing a end right here, if solely as a result of I consider that the schedule makers put this on the principle card as a substitute of Andrei Arlovski’s thirty ninth (!) UFC look for cause. That cause being that they consider Waldo Cortes-Acosta and Jared Vanderaa will spark fireworks.

There’s loads to love about Vanderaa’s high-volume strategy to heavyweight warfare, however the outcomes have not been promising on the UFC stage. He has only one win in six UFC appearances and it is his lack of crowning glory that has held him again. That is not a difficulty for the debuting Cortes-Acosta. The Dominican fighter will get in there and throws haymakers to the tune of 5 finishes in his first seven fights.

I can see Vanderaa getting out to an early lead earlier than Cortes-Acosta turns it up in Spherical 2 and clobbers him.

Choose: Cortes-Acosta

Josh Fremd vs. Tresean Gore

Look, I get the plot of Tresean Gore. He was a vivid spot on the most recent lackluster version of TUFF, the place he confirmed flashes of a fighter who might be a future knockout artist. However he simply hasn’t put it collectively but and that should not be shocking on condition that he solely has a handful of professional bouts and that is counting his fights within the TUFF home. In Josh Fremd, Gore has one other opponent with a substantial expertise benefit over him and I am unsure his expertise stage excessive sufficient that he can overcome that.

Fremd compliments strong, basic kickboxing with an efficient grappling sport, which could not be an outline that jumps off the web page, however is the type of well-rounded talent set one must deal with a prospect like Gore. He additionally stands a towering 6-foot-4 and he makes good use of his size when establishing his standup. One main benefit Gore has is his pace, so Fremd must be cautious of an early cost, lest he turn out to be not simply Gore’s first UFC win, however his first highlight-reel knockout.

Gore completely has the potential to show me fallacious, however for me, the sensible decide is Fremd choosing up a submission late within the first or early within the second.

Choose: Fremd

Dustin Jacoby vs. Khalil Rountree

Khalil Rountree seems to be like a legit contender when he is at his greatest, and as our personal Jed Meshew has identified, he is 2-0 in opposition to GLORY kickboxers (Karl Roberson and Gokhan Saki) with each of these wins coming by means of knockout. Not too shabby! May Dustin Jacoby be the third?

Placing that quirky stat apart (the place’s the enjoyable in that?), Jacoby is a greater, extra full striker than Roberson and he isn’t as shopworn as Saki, so I like him to strike a blow for his kickboxing brethren. Jacoby has hit a ridiculous stride, going 6-0-1 in his second stint with the UFC to path solely prime title contender Magomed Ankalaev for the longest unbeaten streak within the mild heavyweight division. The cool factor about Rountree is that if he is on, he might land that one shot to utterly take away Jacoby’s shine.

This struggle was positioned as the principle card opener for a cause and I absolutely count on it to ship from an motion standpoint. Should you see this one ending in a end, Rountree must be your decide, however I feel it goes the space and that Jacoby’s sustained offense would be the distinction within the judges’ eyes.

Choose: Jacoby


Phil Hawes def. Roman Dolidze

Andrei Arlovski def. Marcos Rogerio of Lima

Jun Yong Park def. Joseph Holmes

Chase Hooper def. Steve Garcia

Carlos Mota def. Cody Durden

Christian Rodriguez def. Joshua Weems

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