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UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Allen main card picks – 10/29/2022

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The main card for UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Allen in Las Vegas this Saturday contains an entertaining mix of hardened veterans and fresh new talent. We have broken down the contests to help you land some winning selections.

Tim Means vs Max Griffin

Tim Means (32-13-1) is an MMA veteran who made his UFC debut back in 2012 and now nears the end of a long prize-fighting journey. His record for his last 12 fights is mixed, standing at six wins and six losses, and Means was choked out by Kevin Holland on his most recent trip to the octagon. Means is a tough and durable athlete who was headed for a life of crime and punishment until martial arts saved him from that path. He might just have one more big performance left to deliver before he turns 40 and hangs up the gloves.

Max Griffin (18-9-0) was on a three-fight win surge prior to his last outing, when he lost a split decision to Neil Magny. Griffin possesses heavy hands and has the power to knock out opponents at will. Griffin normally opts to keep his fights standing, where he can employ an aggressive kickboxing attack. He has fought some big names over the years, including a loss to Coby Covington back in 2016 and a win over Carlos Condit in 2021.

We are tipping the younger, fresher Max Griffin to prevail.

Max Griffin to win


Waldo Cortes Acosta vs Jared Vanderaa

Waldo Cortes Acosta (7-0-0) is a hard-hitting, unbeaten graduate of Dana White’s Contender Series looking to make his name in the big time. Acosta may not have the most technical striking you have ever witnessed, but he is a ferocious brawler who marches forward while throwing bombs. Until he tastes defeat, he will continue to employ his successful formula. Opponents would be wise to respect his power.

Jared Vanderaa (12-9-0) enters this match-up on a four-fight losing streak, so it’s now or never for the heavyweight. Vanderaa owns a BJJ black belt, so he might be best served dodging one of Acosta’s haymakers and taking his opponent to the ground, where these skills can be employed. If he opts to stand and trade blows, it appears Acosta will land a heavy blow that quickly ends the contest.

We are sticking with the unbeaten Acosta here.

Waldo Cortes Acosta to win


Josh Fremd vs Tresean Gore

Josh Fremd (9-4-0) lost his UFC debut fight in April 2022 and will be looking to quickly make amends to keep his career on track. Fremd entered the roster via the LFA, a lesser promotion, where he had a solid record of knocking out opponents. It is hard to assess the merit of these performances, but we can assume he can land a big punch when presented with the opportunity.

After winning four fights on the regional circuit, Tresean Gore (4-2-0) earned his UFC call-up but has lost both his appearances in the big league. His was most recently knocked out by Cody Brundage and will need to demonstrate improved results if he hopes to retain his fight card. This shapes as a must-win for the middleweight.

Fremd is the tip, paying -175.44 with Bovada.

Josh Fremd to win


Dustin Jacoby vs Khalil Rountree Jr

Dustin Jacoby (18-5-1) is a talented kickboxing talent who has recorded eight wins and one draw from his last nine fights. He is currently ranked 13th in the light heavyweight division, and another win here will see his star rise further. Jacoby fought in several promotions, including Glory and Bellator, before earning his UFC call-up. The 34-year-old should be coming into his prime and might be a name to watch if he can chalk up another victory here.

Khalil Rountree Jr (11-5-0) is also a talented kickboxer, so this fight should be an action-packed affair. Rountree has won his last two fights and might be putting his skills together after some disappointing losses in 2019 and 2021. He certainly has the skills to enter the light heavyweight rankings; he just needs to tighten up his defences and avoid getting reckless and untidy during the heat of battle.

Jacoby is the strong tip here. Be sure to tune in for this fight if you enjoy quality stand-up striking displays between talented combatants.

Dustin Jacoby to win


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