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One week removed from one of the most highly-anticipated fight cards of 2022, the UFC is back with a hot main event for UFC Vegas 63: Kattar vs. Allen.

UFC Vegas 63 will take place later this afternoon on October 29, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nev. at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. The UFC has 11 fights planned for Saturday’s Apex event, which will fall in between an important Bellator card and the much anticipated Jake Paul-Anderson Silva boxing match later in the evening.

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The Fights

Elite featherweights will take center stage on Saturday evening as Calvin Kattar takes on Arnold Allen in a five-round main event. Both Kattar (146) and Allen (145.5) are on weight for Saturday’s massive 145 pound fight and should be poised to put on a show for fight fans around the world in what is sure to be a Fight of the Year contender.

Kattar is no stranger to five-round striker’s delight main event fights. He most recently went the distance with Josh Emmett, dropping a razor-close split decision to the Team Alpha Male product. Now the star fighter out of New England Cartel will look to keep a pace his English opponent has never felt before. Allen, himself is coming off a first-round knockout of Daniel Hooker in front of his home country on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. The win gave “Almighty” Allen his first UFC knockout in nine fights with the promotion.

Saturday’s card will feature a co-main event between welterweights Max Griffin and Tim Means. Griffin, 36, appears to be in the prime of his career and will be looking for his fourth UFC knockout over a talented striker in “Dirtybird.” Means, meanwhile, is looking to make one more push toward the UFC rankings at 38 years old.

Other fights of note include unbeaten Waldo Cortes-Acosta making his UFC debut out of the Dominican Republic against embattled heavyweight Jared Vanderaa and Tresean Gore meeting Josh Fremd in a battle of two aggressive strikers. A likely kickboxing fight between Dustin Jacoby and Khalil Rountree will open the main card.

Staff Picks

Staff picks in 2022 will follow the same set of rules from the 2021 season. Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will be composed of main card fights from both UFC and Bellator events. Main card fights and selected preliminary fights will be included for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender Series are composed of the entire fight card.

The WINNER of staff picks in 2022 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBeltsor a chain from Championship Chains. A winner is determined simply by the individual correctly picking the most victorious fighters at the year’s end. Nate Freeman secured his first victory with MMASucka in 2021 with a compiled record 243-136.

See our staff picks for UFC Vegas 63: Kattar vs. Allen below.


Staff Records after UFC 280:

1. Wesley Riddle: 225-115
2. Frazer Krohn: 222-118
3. Michael DeSantis: 220-119
4. Nate Freeman: 216-109
5. Jeremy Brand: 205-128
6. Andrew Benjamin: 185-137
7. William Dong: 173-106
8. Chris Presnell: 170-120
9. Julio Monteros Jr.: 170-100
1o. Tim Wheaton: 166-98
11. Brian Knight: 135-96
12. Mike Lynch: 123-74
13. Jack Goodwillie: 121-63
14. Brandon Joint: 115-74
15. Ash Camyab: 105-77
16. Coby Weinsier: 87-47
17. Chinyere Okafor: 72-38
18. Jacek Okninski: 70-58
19. Roemello Reyes: 64-38
20. Ben Jamieson: 38-22
21. Matt Bricker: 24-22
22. Joe Porter: 11-5

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*


Dustin Jacoby (18-5-1), -175
vs.
Khalil Rountree (10-5), +150

Light Heavyweight Division
– 205 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Rountree via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Jacoby via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Jacoby via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Jacoby via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Jacoby via Split Decision
Tim Wheaton: Jacoby via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Rountree via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Rountree via Round 1 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Jacoby via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Jacoby: 6
Staff picking Rountree: 3


Tresean Gore (3-2), +135
vs.
Josh Fremd (9-3), -155

Middleweight Division
– 185 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Fremd via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Fremd via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Fremd via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Fremd via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Fremd via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Fremd via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Gore via Split Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Fremd via Round 1 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Fremd via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Gore: 1
Staff picking Fremd: 8


Waldo Cortes-Acosta (7-0), -200
vs.
Jared Vanderaa (12-9), +170

Heavyweight Division
– 265 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Acosta via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Acosta via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Acosta via TKO in Round 1
Frazer Krohn: Acosta via TKO in Round 2
Nate Freeman: Acosta via TKO in Round 1
Tim Wheaton: Acosta via TKO in Round 1
Brian Knight: Acosta via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Acosta via TKO in Round 1
Ben Jamieson: Acosta via TKO in Round 2

Staff picking Cortes-Acosta: 9
Staff picking Vanderaa: 0


Tim Means (32-13-1), +160
vs.
Max Griffin (18-9), -190

Welterweight Division
Co-Main Event
– 170 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Griffin via TKO in Round 2
Wesley Riddle: Griffin via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Griffin via Split Decision
Frazer Krohn: Griffin via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Griffin via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Griffin via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Griffin via TKO in Round 1
Jack Goodwillie: Griffin via Unanimous Decision
Ben Jamieson: Griffin via Split Decision

Staff picking Means: 0
Staff picking Griffin: 9


Calvin Kattar (23-6), -105
vs.
Arnold Allen (18-1), -115

Featherweight Division
Main Event
– 145 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Allen via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Allen via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Allen via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Kattar via TKO in Round 3
Nate Freeman: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Allen via TKO in Round 3
Brian Knight: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Ben Jamieson: Allen via KO in Round 1

Staff picking Kattar: 4
Staff picking Allen: 5

*Fight odds from DraftKings*

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