UFC Fight Night will bring the UFC back to the Apex Center in Nevada. This Saturday, October 29, will see the action take place, with the main event featuring two of the most explosive fighters in the featherweight division. The #5 ranked Calvin Kattar will compete against the #6 ranked Arnold Allen in the octagon.
To avoid any controversy before their exciting featherweight main event on Saturday, Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen made sure there was none. In preparation for their UFC Vegas 63 main event, Kattar and Allen both made weight on Friday with success.
Due to his combative demeanor and frenetic speed, Kattar has been a fan favorite, although his rise in the rankings has been halted by defeats in two of his most recent three matches. The dynamic Allen has made nine UFC outings without losing a fight, but his debut main event marks a significant improvement in competition for him.
In a division where there may soon be major movement at the top, the winner might be instantly in contention for a shot at the crown. Alexander Volkanovski, the reigning champion, has successfully defended the title four times and has expressed interest in going up to lightweight and contending for a second gold. He is regarded as the front-runner for Islam Makhachev's first lightweight title defense after the latter defeated Charles Oliveira to win the title on Saturday at UFC 280.
After losing a tight split decision against Josh Emmett in June of this year, "The Boston Finisher" will get the chance to turn things around. Before suffering the defeat, Kattar defeated Giga Chikadze, who was then on the rise, by unanimous decision.
Allen (18-1) has long been regarded as one of the most promising talents in the division, but his progress has been delayed by multiple lengthy layoffs and a sparsely populated opponent list. The 28-year-old English fighter, though, received some notice in March after knocking out former contender Dan Hooker in the first round.
The victor of Saturday's main event might be eligible to challenge if Volkanovski decides to vacant the featherweight title. Max Holloway, the top-ranked contender, and former champion might be considered, but he has dropped three matches to Volkanovski. Yair Rodriguez, who is rated second, and Brian Ortega, ranked third, would also be in the mix, but Kattar or Allen would at least be mentioned, even if they might need one more victory.