UFC Fight Night Kattar vs. Allen Betting Preview
UFC Fight Night is back in the APEX with featherweights Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen headlining the event. It will be a five-round fight with major title implications in the upcoming year tied to it.
Kattar (23-6) is ranked fifth in the featherweight division as he will try to gatekeep the group of elite contenders from the rising UK star on Saturday night. Allen (18-1) has yet to lose in the UFC and will be looking to ride his 11-fight winning streak into the biggest fight of his life.
Most places have this as virtually a pick ‘em fight, with both fighters having very even odds. This is interesting because Kattar is much more battle-tested and has competed with literally the best of the best in the featherweight division.
Allen is taking a big step up in competition and pressure leading up to fight night with taking this main event on the other side of the world.
Vegas and in the APEX could potentially be very daunting to the young English martial artist.
The over/under 4.5 rounds set in most sportsbooks is an indication that oddsmakers expect this to go to the scorecards. Plus-money to get a finish is very interesting since it will need to happen sometime within the first 22.5 minutes.
There is lots of value in that prop bet, knowing how many main events have been screwed up in 2022 on Fight Night cards.
In terms of finishes in this fight: Allen has only 3 finishes in 7 years inside the UFC. Kattar has 4 finishes in just 4 years of being in the UFC. Both guys have yet to be finished inside the octagon. This has all the makings to be a 25-minute war.
Calvin Kattar is a tough, slick boxer fighting out of New England. From that area of the country, there is a type of mindset and “grit” that fighters have that train in those gyms. Kattar has that fully carrying him to this moment in his career.
If he is able to make Allen feel that discomfort and pressure during the fight, this decision goes further in Kattar’s favor.
Allen will be looking to do anything to deal with the constant pressure that Kattar is going to be putting on him. He needs to use his jab and front kicks, while mixing in level changes to keep Kattar at distance early on.
Allen will need to put Kattar away in the first half of the fight to be safe from the incoming onslaught of the championship rounds.
Kattar is clearly the more experienced and more confident fighter going into the main event bout. He will be using that knowledge and experience to be the better man in the octagon on Saturday night.
Allen will need all his explosiveness and sharp techniques to beat a savage like Calvin Kattar over 25 minutes in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
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