EXCITING FEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDERS (#5) CALVIN KATTAR AND (#6) ARNOLD ALLEN
BATTLE AT UFC® APEX
TIM MEANS vs MAX GRIFFIN
Las Vegas – UFC® returns to UFC APEX with a featherweight contenders’ bout that will see No. 5 ranked Calvin Kattar and No. 6 Arnold Allen collide in what promises to be an explosive main event. In the co-main event, hard-hitting Tim Means and Max Griffin square off in a pivotal bout at 170 pounds.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: KATTAR vs. ALLEN will take place Saturday, October 29 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The entire card will be available on ESPN+ in English and Spanish, with the main card starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and the prelims at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
Fan-favorite Kattar (23-6, fighting out of Methuen, Mass.) sets out to defend his spot in the featherweight rankings. The Boston native’s slick boxing and grit has earned him strong wins over Giga Chikadze, Dan Ige, and Jeremy Stephens. Kattar now sets out to halt Allen’s momentum and put himself back on the road to title contention.
Allen (18-1, fighting out of Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk, England) looks to crack the featherweight Top 5 for the first time in his career. Undefeated inside the Octagon, the Englishman holds wins over Dan Hooker, Sodiq Yusuff, and Nik Lentz. Allen now aims to capitalize on his first UFC main event spot by delivering a statement win against another notable name at 145 pounds.
Octagon veteran Means (32-13-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) returns to deliver another action-packed bout. Always game to scrap with the toughest at 170 pounds, Means holds wins over Mike Perry, Thiago Alves, and Dhiego Lima, and is determined to stop Griffin in impressive fashion and add another big win to his resume.
Griffin (18-9, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) looks to restart his win streak and crack the welterweight rankings. The West Coast native’s durable fighting style has led him to wins against Carlos Condit, Mike Perry, and Song Kenan. Griffin intends to bring a firefight to the veteran Means and deliver a show-stealing finish.
Additional bouts on the card include:
Dana White’s Contender Series signees Waldo Cortes-Acosta (7-0, fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona by way of Fundacion, Barahona, Dominican Republic) and Jared Vanderaa (12-9, fighting out of Hemet, Calif.) meet in a hard-hitting heavyweight bout
Josh Fremd (9-3, fighting out of Pittsburgh, Penn.) squares off Tresean Gore (4-2, fighting out of Lawrenceville, Ga.) at middleweight
No. 13 light heavyweight Dustin Jacoby (18-5-1, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) and Khalil Rountree Jr. (10-5 1NC, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) collide in a thrilling matchup of elite strikers
Middleweights face off as Phil Hawes (12-3, fighting out of Little Ferry, N.J.) meets Roman Dolidze (10-1, fighting out of Batumi, Georgia)
Heavyweight legend Andrei Arlovski (34-20, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Flo.) battles Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-8, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Joseph Holmes (8-2, fighting out of Dallas, Texas) faces Junyong Park (13-5, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea)
Dana White’s Contender Series signee Chase Hooper (11-2-1, fighting out of Enumclaw, Wash.) meets Steve Garcia (12-5, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) at featherweight
An exciting flyweight bout pits Kleydson Rodrigues (7-2, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) against Cody Durden (13-4-1, fighting out of Covington, Ga.)
Christian Rodriguez (7-1, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Garrett Armfield (8-3, fighting out of Deerfield Beach, Flo.) clash at bantamweight