Keep yourself posted with all that’s happening today at UFC Vegas 63, coming to us once again from the confines of the Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event of the evening features a pair of highly ranked featherweights as #6 ranked Arnold Allen puts his unbeaten UFC record on the line in his toughest challenge yet against #5 ranked Calvin Kattar. The co-main event will feature longtime UFC veteran Tim Means looking to turn away the always tough Max Griffin.
The main card is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT with the preliminary contests set for 4:00 pm ET/1:00 pm PT, streaming from ESPN+ in its entirety.
Main Card (7 p.m. ET on ESPN+):
Arnold Allen def. Calvin Kattar via TKO (knee injury) at 0:08 of RD2: Featherweight
The theme for main events in 2022 is injuries. It happened to Tom Aspinall. It happened to Brian Ortega. Now, it has happened to Kattar. The first half of the opening round saw Kattar putting on a classic veteran performance. It didn’t take long for Allen to find his range, landing his left hand with increasing regularity, looking like he was going to run away with the round. An awkward landing on a flying knee from Kattar ensured Allen would take the round as Kattar blew out his knee in the process. Allen attempted to end the fight, but couldn’t do so as Kattar managed to survive the choke. The doctors checked out Kattar’s knee in between rounds, but Kattar maintained his poker face... until the action started. A single kick from Allen gave the game away as Kattar went down in pain, giving Allen the win.
Max Griffin def. Tim Means via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29): Welterweight
It looked like we were headed for a short fight when Griffin dropped Means in the opening minute of the contest, but Means found a way to hold on. Means even began to swing the momentum his way when he found his rhythm in the second round, only for Griffin to drop him again shortly before that round ended. Means came out desperate for a finish in the third, but Griffin was savvy to Means’ intentions, scoring a takedown and smothering him for most of the round. Means did eventually escape and went balls to the wall looking for the finish to close the round, but it didn’t come, giving Griffin a hard earned win, despite suffering a hand injury.
Waldo Cortes-Acosta def. Jared Vanderaa via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2): Heavyweight
There were times where I couldn’t tell if they were fighting or dancing the salsa, but it was interesting — to say the least — watching Cortes-Acosta and Vanderaa throw down. Cortes-Acosta relied on his punching power to bloody up Vanderaa’s face while Vanderaa chopped away at the lead leg of Cortes-Acosta. It very well could have gone either way, leaving a bit of a surprise to see the judges lean unanimously in favor of the debutant.
Tresean Gore def. Josh Fremd via submission (guillotine) at 0:49 of RD2: Middleweight
After a hot start from Gore, it looked like the momentum had swung in the way of Fremd as the first round closed. Gore was looking tired after expending a lot of energy on some early takedowns, allowing Fremd to land knees and punches down the stretch. However, the second round began and Gore found the tightest of guillotines, holding on despite the acrobatics of Fremd. Fremd went to sleep and Gore got the win.
Tresean Gore puts Josh Fremd to sleep!!!! pic.twitter.com/SrrxiMqVCO— MMA mania (@mmamania) October 29, 2022
Dustin Jacoby def. Khalil Rountree via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Light Heavyweight
Rountree wanted the KO bad. The power puncher came out swinging and landed some hard shots. However, it didn’t take long for Jacoby to figure him out, dodging most of Rountree’s power shots and peppering him with jabs, low kicks, and step-in elbows. Even though both continued to throw at a high clip for the entirety of the fight, Rountree appeared to lose some of the steam from his punches. Not that he wasn’t dangerous, but Jacoby wasn’t going anywhere despite Rountree having his best round in the third as he continued to swing. The decision proved contentious, but Rountree got his arm raised at the end of their bonus worthy contest.
Prelim Card (4 p.m. ET on ESPN+):
Roman Dolidze def. Phil Hawes via KO (punches) at 4:09 of RD1: Middleweight
It was the power of Dolidze’s punches that put Hawes away, but it was his submission prowess that was actually responsible for his victory. After Hawes took Dolidze down, the native of Georgia utilized elbows from his back to create space for an armbar before transitioning to a kneebar. Hawes knee was clearly tweeked when he got back to his feet, leaving him a sitting duck. Dolidze was patient — perhaps too patient — but eventually found an opening he was happy enough with to put away Hawes.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima defeated Andrei Arlovski via submission (RNC) at 1:50 of RD1: Heavyweight
De Lima wasted no time going after Arlovski, scoring a quick knockdown in the pocket. De Lima jumped all over Arlovksi from there, smothering the former heavyweight champion in the crevices of the cage as Arlovski tried to use the fence to get to his feet. As Arlovski gave up his back, de Lima snuck in there and put on a choke short on technique, but heavy on brute strength for the win.
Jun Yong Park def. Joseph Holmes via submission (RNC) at 3:04 of RD2: Middleweight
The first round was very close, Park struggling with the length of the lanky Holmes on the feet. After Park decided he wasn’t going to find his route to victory that way, he found a takedown and controlled most of the round from there. The Korean native opted to go back to the well in the second round, immediately getting the back of Holmes and wearing him down before finally flattening out Holmes and ending his night early with the RNC.
Steve Garcia def. Chase Hooper via TKO (punches) at 1:32 of RD1: Featherweight
Garcia came out like he had a point to prove. He continuously found a home for his left hand on the face of Hooper, dropping him four times over the short duration of the fight. Hooper didn’t back down, attempting to return fire, but he didn’t have enough oomph in his strikes to deter Garcia in the least. Herb Dean had seen enough after the final knockdown.
Steve Garcia puts hands on Chase Hooper pic.twitter.com/YzQEVOzqBS— MMA Fire 3.0 (@firemmaclips) October 29, 2022
Cody Durden def. Carlos Mota via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27): Flyweight
It took a while for the action to heat up as outside of a knockdown about a minute in, the next 12 minutes consisted of Durden maintaining control of Mota on the mat. Mota got to his feet late and made an honest effort down the stretch, scoring some good offense, but it was too little, too late. Not the prettiest effort, but Durden picked up his second consecutive win.
Christian Rodriguez def. Joshua Weems via submission (anaconda choke) at 4:07 of RD1: Bantamweight
The fight opened with Rodriguez stalking Weems, landing the better strikes. Weems decided the fight wasn’t going his way and began to close the distance, clinching up and looking for takedowns. He did find some success, but Rodriguez kept finding his way back to his feet. On the final takedown, Rodriguez took a guillotine from the the bottom before transitioning to an anaconda choke for his first UFC win.