October will feature a crucial featherweight championship main event. The UFC Fight Night match between competitors Arnold Allen and Calvin Kattar has been verbally agreed upon on October 29 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Although the contract has not yet been released, it is anticipated that it will be sent out and signed soon.
The fight was just revealed to MMA Junkie by two sources with knowledge of the planned booking, who requested to remain anonymous since the organization has not yet made an official announcement. The story broke on Wednesday on ESPN.
The fight will take place in Phoenix on the same night as the boxing showdown between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and internet sensation Jake Paul.
After defeating Dan Hooker in London in March, Allen (18-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) is feeling good. Allen used a TKO to defeat Hooker in 2:33 and suggested a matchup with Kattar. Allen, who has yet to lose in the UFC, has had several setbacks in recent years due to the injury bug. Despite this, Allen has amassed 11 straight victories.
“I want to be in the top five and I think he’s top five,” said Allen in his post-fight interview (video provided by MMA Fighting). “That’s a fight that would put me there. We got offered that fight for the main event spot last year or earlier in the year, but I was out with an injury. I think it works well. He’s less tall than this guy, so that works out. He’s predominantly a boxer, I’m predominantly a boxer, so it’s a fan-friendly fight and I think I’m the better boxer.”
As for Kattar, he is coming off a contentious decision defeat to Josh Emmett in Austin, Texas, in June (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC). On split scorecards, Kattar lost the bout despite having support from several spectators and media members. In his last five fights, Kattar is 3-2, including a convincing victory over Giga Chikadze in January