Highlights: Arnold Allen scores TKO victory after Kattar shreds knee attempting a kick

After tonight’s UFC Vegas 63 main event, rising featherweight contender Arnold Allen can now boast of 10 consecutive victories. The Ipswich native defeated Calvin Kattar by second-round TKO after the Massachusetts striker suffered an injury to his right knee in the closing moments of the first round.

In his first headliner Allen faced up against Kattar, a favorite of the New England Cartel. Allen was able to land effectively on his feet throughout the first round, countering as needed and with many left hands down the straight throughout.

Though Kattar tried to throw a flying knee at the conclusion of the first round, he landed awkwardly on his right leg and seemed to injure his right knee as he dropped to his back on the canvas.

Kattar was given the go-ahead to continue by both the Octagon’s medical staff and the referee Herb Dean into the second round.


However, in the opening exchange of that round, Kattar took a low kick to the left leg. This caused him to again clutch his right knee, stopping the bout as he again hit the ground.

Arnold Allen volunteered to face Alexander Volkanovski or for an interim featherweight crown after weighing his options after a lackluster bout with Kattar.


This is the fourth time an injury is ending a bout this year – upto this point there have been 12 total. This kind of thing might be UFC induced – because UFC does not cover medical costs for anything that happens outside of the octagon leading more men akin to TJ Dillashaw to perform while injured and let the injury get drastically worse in the cage.

Previously there were stoppages caused by injuries in main events featuring Brian Ortega, Aleksandar Rakic, Tom Aspinall, TJ Dillashaw and now Calvin Kattar.

Allen was asked about it afterwards and commented:

“Obviously there was the injury with Yair and Bryan and then obviously Calvin and it was like a real close decision. Only the performance to like stand out. So I can actually ask like, look, this is this deserves it more than that in that. But now I’m in the same boat, so we might as well just all hang out together and talk about it.”

“Maybe I’ll go at the 155 as well. This division sucks.”