Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 71: Kattar vs. Allen, emanating from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Octagon finishes up a busy month of October back at their home base of the Apex in Las Vegas with an exciting featherweight main event that could play a role in the divisional title picture.
Fifth-ranked Calvin Kattar looks to get back into the win column and keep himself in the title picture when he takes on sixth-ranked Arnold Allen, who is on a long win streak. Kattar has been on the cusp of a title shot before, but he's looking to rebound from a close decision loss to Josh Emmett in June. Allen comes into this fight riding an 11-fight win streak after scoring a first-round TKO win over Dan Hooker in March.
Also on the main card is an exciting welterweight contest between Tim Means and Max Griffin, a heavyweight battle pitting the debuting Waldo Cortes-Acosta against Jared Vanderaa, a middleweight bout between prospects Josh Fremd and Tresean Gore, and a light heavyweight battle of kickboxers as Dustin Jacoby takes on Khalil Rountree.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Bantamweights*- Christian Rodriguez (7-1, 0-1 UFC) vs. Joshua Weems (10-2, 0-0 UFC)
*Weems missed weight by 3.5 pounds*
Rodriguez lands an overhand right. Rodriguez connects with a left hand. They both land body kicks. Rodriguez with a right hand. They clinch for a moment and Weems lands a flurry as they break. Weems briefly gets it to the mat but they stand and Weems still has the clinch edge. Weems pulls guard and Rodriguez lands from the top. Rodriguez goes for a D'Arce choke and it is in deep and Weems taps as he can't escape. Nice submission from Rodriguez there.
Official Result- Christian Rodriguez def. Joshua Weems by submission (anaconda choke) at 4:07 of Round 1
> Flyweights- Cody Durden (13-4-1, 2-2-1 UFC) vs. Carlos Mota (8-1, 0-0 UFC)
Durden with a high kick. Mota with a leg kick. Durden lands a combo that leads into a takedown. Durden is in side control. Durden has body control on the mat as Mota is trying to roll to his knees. Durden trying to work to the full guard. Durden postured up and went back into the guard and Mota almost had an armbar locked in but Durden escaped. Durden in the half-guard and landing right hands. Both landing on the ground. Durden ends the round on top. 10-9 Durden.
Durden going for the takedown to start the second and Mota is defending against the fence. Durden working hard to get it down against the fence but Mota is keeping it up. Durden completes the takedown. Durden landing from inside the guard. Durden still in control from the top as he moves to the half-guard and continues to land. Mota goes for the armbar from the bottom. Durden is defending. Durden gets out and lands from the top as he works back into Mota's guard. Durden lands at the end of the round. 10-9 Durden, 20-18 Durden.
Durden lands a high kick. Mota landing to the body and Durden lands a body kick. Durden tries for a takedown and looks to grab an ankle and Mota tries to roll but Durden ends up on top after the scramble. Durden looking to take the back of Mota. He has the body triangle almost locked in. Durden looks to flatten Mota out as he lands some right hands. Mota is able to scramble to the top and gets to his feet and Durden stands. Durden shoots for the takedown but Mota keeps it standing. Durden gets it down. Mota lands some hammerfists. Mota trying for a leg. 10-9 Durden, 30-27 Durden.
Official Result- Cody Durden def. Carlos Mota by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Featherweights- Chase Hooper (11-2-1, 3-2 UFC) vs. Steve Garcia (12-5, 1-2 UFC)
Garcia lands a left hand and they trade punches. Hooper goes for a takedown but Garcia spins out. They trade and Garcia drops Hooper with a left hand. He lets Hooper up. Garcia with a leg kick and then drops Hooper again with a left hand. He lets Hooper back up and they trade. Garcia with a leg kick. Garcia with a right hook. Hooper lands a spinning back fist. Garcia drops Hooper again and a few follow-up shots ends it. What a showing from Garcia!
Official Result- Steve Garcia def. Chase Hooper by TKO (punches) at 1:32 of Round 1
> Middleweights- Joseph Holmes (8-2, 1-1 UFC) vs. Jun Yong Park (14-5, 4-2 UFC)
Park with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Park with the jab and a leg kick. Holmes with a pair of leg kicks followed by some punches. They have a brief timeout for a potential eye poke but there wasn't one so they get back to action. Holmes with the jab and lands a right hand and Park counters with a right hand. Park wit a flurry and they clinch with Holmes having position. They break and Holmes slips to the mat and Park is able to grab the back as they get to the mat. Park with a right hand from the back. Park working for a choke from the back and Holmes is fighting it. Holmes reverses and gets to his feet and looks to take the back of Park. Holmes with an elbow and they roll to end the first. 10-9 Holmes.
They both throw to start the second and Park grabs the tie up and gets the back and drags it to the mat. Park moves to the mount and lands some punches. Park lands from the top. Park looks for the choke and he's cranking the neck and has Holmes in trouble but lets go. Park remains in full mount and is landing big punches from the top. Park gets the rear-naked choke locked in and he has it in deep with Holmes flattened and Holmes taps. Park with the clinic on the mat as he gets the finish.
Official Result- Jun Yong Park def. Joseph Holmes by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:04 of Round 2
> Heavyweights- Andrei Arlovski (34-20 2 NC, 23-14 1 NC UFC) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-8-1, 8-6 UFC)
They trade leg kicks. They trade right hands. Rogerio drops Arlovski with a punch and gets on top and is landing from the guard. Rogerio gets the mount and is looking for the back. Rogerio landing punches and is cranking the neck. He has it under the chin for the choke and Arlovski taps. Big win for Rogerio.
Official Result- Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Andrei Arlovski by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:50 of Round 1
> Middleweights- Phil Hawes (12-3, 4-1 UFC) vs. Roman Dolidze (10-1, 4-1 UFC)
They're feeling each other out early. They trade body shots. Dolidze throws a head kick and Hawes ducks under. Hawes lands a right hand. Hawes ducks under a Dolidze punch and gets a takedown and lands some elbows and punches from the guard. Dolidze lands some elbows from the bottom and switches to the armbar but lets go and attacks the leg. They get to their feet and Hawes is clearly hurt and having trouble standing. Dolidze with a leg kick. Dolidze with the jab. Dolidze lands a right hand. Hawes is having trouble standing but then Dolidze lands a couple of big punches that puts Hawes' lights out. Big finish by Dolidze.
Official Result- Roman Dolidze def. Phil Hawes by knockout (punches) at 4:09 of Round 1
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> Light Heavyweights- #13 Dustin Jacoby (18-5-1, 6-2-1 UFC) vs. Khalil Rountree (10-5 1 NC, 6-5 1 NC UFC)
Jacoby lands a leg kick and Rountree fires off a combo. Rountree lands a right hook. They trade kicks. Jacoby with a leg kick. Jacoby lands a right hook. Jacoby with a body kick. Jacoby lands a left hand. Rountree lands a combo. Jacoby with another leg kick. Jacoby landing with more volume here. Rountree lands a left hand. Jacoby lands a combo. He lands another combo. They trade inside the pocket. Rountree with a body kick and a late right hand. 10-9 Jacoby.
Rountree with the jab. Rountree landing the jab as he's trying hard to keep Jacoby at a distance. Jacoby with some combos. Jacoby pressuring and lands a leg kick. Rountree lands a leg kick. Rountree looking tired. Jacoby with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Rountree lands a few jabs and Jacoby counters with a big left hand. Rountree with a couple of leg kicks. Jacoby with a left hand and follows it with a right hook. Rountree lands a left hand. Jacoby with a body shot then a left hook. 10-9 Jacoby, 20-18 Jacoby.
They trade leg kicks to start the third. Jacoby with a combo. Rountree lands a nice left hand. Jacoby with a high kick then a leg kick. Jacoby lands the jab then a calf kick. Rountree with a right hand. Jacoby with a leg kick and Rountree counters with a left hand. Jacoby lands a combo. Jacoby with the jab. Rountree with a left hand. Rountree lands a couple of knees as they briefly clinch and Jacoby lands on the break. Rountree lands a knee then they looked to clash heads, which sent Jacoby backwards. They're both landing in close range. Rountree lands a nice right hand that stuns Jacoby. Jacoby fires back with a combination. 10-9 Rountree, 29-28 Jacoby.
Official Result- Khalil Rountree def. Dustin Jacoby by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Middleweights- Josh Fremd (9-3, 0-1 UFC) vs. Tresean Gore (3-2, 0-2 UFC)
Gore gets it down right away and is in the half-guard of Fremd. Gore transitions and grabs the neck and they get to their feet. Gore drags it down as he still has the front headlock, but Fremd escapes. They're pushed up against the fence. Gore picks Fremd up and gets the big slam takedown and takes the back and gets the hooks right in. Fremd escapes and they stand and Gore lands a right hand. Gore with the jab and Fremd lands a leg kick. Gore with a snapping jab. Fremd lands a right hand. Fremd with a leg kick. Fremd lands a combo and pushes Gore against the fence. They trade knees before breaking. Gore with a left hand. Fremd with a right hand. Fremd with a jumping knee. 10-9 Gore.
They trade leg kicks to start. Fremd with some right hands and pushes it against the fence. Gore grabs the neck and locks in a guillotine choke and Fremd is jumping all over the place trying to escape, but Gore is squeezing tight and Fremd goes out cold! What a finish from Gore!
Official Result- Tresean Gore def. Josh Fremd by submission (guillotine choke) at :49 of Round 2
> Heavyweights- Waldo Cortes-Acosta (7-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Jared Vanderaa (12-9, 1-5 UFC)
Cortes-Acosta lands a leg kick. Cortes-Acosta lands a right hand. Vanderaa with a leg kick. Cortes-Acosta with the jab. Cortes-Acosta with a combo that stuns Vanderaa. Vanderaa with a leg kick. Cortes-Acosta with two right hands. Cortes-Acosta with a combo. Vanderaa with a leg kick. He lands another. Vanderaa with another leg kick. 10-9 Cortes-Acosta.
Cortes-Acosta lands a right hand. Vanderaa with a hard leg kick. He lands another hard leg kick. He lands another then Cortes-Acosta starts to fire and land right hands. Cortes-Acosta with a flurry as Vanderaa landed a leg kick. They tie up and Vanderaa tried a judo throw but Cortes-Acosta lands as they break. They trade leg kicks. Cortes-Acosta with the jab. Vanderaa with a leg kick. Cortes-Acosta landing the jabs. Vanderaa with a body kick. Cortes-Acosta lands a big right hand and Vanderaa grabs the body lock and lands some punches and a knee before they break. Vanderaa with a leg kick. Cortes-Acosta with a leg kick. Vanderaa lands a few kicks. Vanderaa with a left hook. They trade late. Close round. 10-9 Cortes-Acosta, 20-18 Cortes-Acosta.
They trade jabs. Cortes-Acosta with the jab and Vanderaa lands a leg kick. They trade jabs. Vanderaa with a leg kick. They trade jabs inside the pocket and Cortes-Acosta lands a right hand. Vanderaa with a leg kick. Cortes-Acosta lands a hard combo. They both land punches. Cortes-Acosta showboating. Vanderaa with a leg kick. He lands another as Cortes-Acosta is missing his punches. Vanderaa with another heavy leg kick. Cortes-Acosta with a right hand and Vanderaa with a leg kick. 10-9 Vanderaa, 29-28 Cortes-Acosta.
Official Result- Waldo Cortes-Acosta def. Jared Vanderaa by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Welterweights- Tim Means (32-13-1 1 NC, 14-10 1 NC UFC) vs. Max Griffin (18-9, 6-7 UFC)
They're trading immediately. Griffin with a leg kick. He lands another and Means lands his own leg kick. They trade and Griffin drops Means with a right hand and jumps on top and lands some more punches. They scramble to their feet and Means pushes it against the fence. They trade knees before breaking to the center. Means with a leg kick. They trade in close range and Griffin lands a nice right hand. Means with a body kick. Griffin lands a right hand. Griffin shoots for the takedown and pushes it against the fence. Means with some elbows. 10-9 Griffin.
Means with a leg kick. They both land inside the pocket. Means with a left hand. Means with a couple of kicks. Griffin lands a right hand. Griffin lands a jab. Means with a left hand. Means starting to land with more volume. Griffin goes for a takedown but Means defends. Means with a high kick. Griffin with a leg kick and Means lands a left hand. Griffin lands a right hand and Means grabs him and they go to the mat. Griffin in the guard of Means but Means is landing from the bottom. Griffin ends the round on top. 10-9 Means, 19-19.
Means presses forward and they clinch and Means gets a brief takedown. Griffin gets up and gets his own takedown and is in the guard of Means. Means with some heel strikes. Griffin landing from the top but Means being very active on the bottom. Means trying to explode from the bottom but Griffin doing enough to keep it down and is landing some punches. They get to their feet. Griffin in deep for a takedown and completes it. They get to their feet and Griffin is working to get it back down. Means lands an elbow and he gets it to the ground. They get to their feet and Means lands a knee to the body. Means with a takedown with a second to go. Close fight. 10-9 Griffin, 29-28 Griffin.
Official Result- Max Griffin def. Tim Means by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
> Featherweights- #5 Calvin Kattar (23-6, 7-4 UFC) vs. #6 Arnold Allen (18-1, 9-0 UFC)
Allen with a leg kick. Allen with a left hand. Kattar lands a right hand. Kattar with a body kick. Kattar with a jab to the body as Allen lands a body kick. Kattar with the jab as Allen lands a body kick again. Kattar lands a right hand. Kattar with an inside leg kick. Allen lands a couple of left hands. Kattar with a couple of leg kicks. Allen lands a left hand. Kattar with a right hand. Allen lands a left hand. Allen with a flurry as he gets some clean shots in on Kattar. Kattar with a combo. Allen with a left hand and then another. Allen with a combo. Kattar tried a flying knee and looks to hurt himself as he grabbed the leg and Allen jumps on top and is landing and looks for an anaconda choke but Kattar defends. 10-9 Allen.
They let Kattar fight on despite the obvious injury. Kattar goes right down and they stop it. Allen gets the win in an unfortunate manner.
Official Result- Arnold Allen def. Calvin Kattar by TKO (injury) at :08 of Round 2