As is so often the case with the UFC, a major PPV binge is getting followed by a bit of a hangover from the promotion’s matchmakers. Arnold Allen vs. Calvin Kattar is a great main event fight. After that, it’s hard to find another fighter ranked near the top of their division, let alone carefully booked bouts.
For fans interested in diving into a very thin undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 63 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 7pm/4pm ET&PT
Calvin Kattar vs. Arnold Allen — At 6:09, Odds 29:26, Picks, Both: Allen
Max Griffin vs. Tim Means — At 32:43, Odds 46:46, Picks, Zane: Griffin, Connor: Means
Jared Vanderaa vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta — At 47:02, Odds 50:34, Picks, Both: Cortes-Acosta
Josh Fremd vs. Tresean Gore — At 50:49, Odds 55:54, Picks, Both: Fremd
Dustin Jacoby vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. — At 57:37, Odds 1:07:15, Picks, Both: Jacoby
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 4pm/1pm ET&PT
Phil Hawes vs. Roman Dolidze — At 0:47, Odds 16:29, Picks, Both: Hawes
Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima — At 16:42, Odds 27:41, Picks, Both: Lima
Jun-yong Park vs. Joseph Holmes — At 28:16, Odds 32:51, Picks, Both: Park
Chase Hooper vs. Steve Garcia — At 33:06, Odds 37:39, Picks, Both: Hooper
Carlos Mota vs. Cody Durden — At 37:51, Odds 45:40, Picks, Zane: Mota, Connor: Durden
Christian Rodriguez vs. Joshua Weems — At 46:18, Odds 52:10, Picks, Both: Weems
For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisection shows for UFC Fight Island 1: ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far, here are the overall standings:
- For our last event, UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev: Zane went 9/12 for 75%, while Connor went 8/12 for 66.7% as well
- Overall from UFC Fight Island 1 through UFC 280: Zane is now at 752/1158 for 65% and Connor is now at 705/1158 for 60.9%
- So far, in 2022: Zane is at 282/421 for 67% and Connor is at 263/421 for 62.5%
- 2021: Zane went 305/493 for 62% and Connor went 285/493 for 58%
- July-Dec 2020: Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
- Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_10.27.22.pdf
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