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Holloway vs Allen: No One Can Doubt Holloway’s Greatness in the Sport of Mixed Martial Arts

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Published April 12, 2023
11 min read
  • No. 2 Max Holloway battles No. 4 Arnold Allen in the featherweight main event
  • Azamat Murzakanov looks to remain undefeated with win over Dustin Jacoby
  • Clay guida participates in his 61st professional fight

UFC on ESPN: Holloway vs Allen

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Fighter

Odds

Max Holloway

-190
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Arnold Allen

+160
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Fighter

Odds

Edson Barboza

+145
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Billy Quarantillo

-170
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Fighter

Odds

Dustin Jacoby

-180
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Azamat Murzakanov

+155
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Fighter

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Ion Cutelaba

-130
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Tanner Boser

+110
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Fighter

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Pedro Munhoz

+180
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Chris Gutierrez

-210
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Fighter

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Clay Guida

+205
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Rafa Garcia

-245
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UFC on ESPN: Holloway vs Allen - Picks & Predictions

Max Holloway vs Arnold Allen - Featherweight division

Arnold Allen (+160)

Edson Barboza vs Billy Quarantillo - Featherweight division

Billy Quarantillo (-170)

Dustin Jacoby vs Azamat Murzakanov - Light heavyweight division

Dustin Jacoby (-180)

Ion Cutelaba vs Tanner Boser - Light heavyweight division

Tanner Boser (+110)

Pedro Munhoz vs Chris Gutierrez - Bantamweight division

Chris Gutierrez (-210)

Clay Guida vs Rafa Garcia - Lightweight division

Rafa Garcia (-245)

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UFC on ESPN Holloway vs Allen

Max Holloway vs Arnold Allen - Featherweight Division

Max Holloway

TALE OF THE TAPE

Arnold Allen

31

Age

29

5 ft 11 in

Height

5 ft 9 in

69 in

Reach

69.5 in

23-7

Record

19-1

No one can doubt Max Holloway’s greatness in the sport of mixed martial arts: but has his time at the top of the featherweight division come to an end?

Despite back-to-back wins over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez, Holloway is coming off of another title fight loss at the hands of Alexander Volkanovski. It’s his third-straight loss to Volkanovski and his fourth title fight loss in a row.

His opponent this Saturday, Arnold Allen, has won 12-straight, with his last loss coming all the way back in 2014. He is undefeated since joining the UFC promotion in 2015 and has won his last two fights via TKO over Dan Hooker and Calvin Kattar.

Holloway will stand two-inches taller but Allen will have the slight, half-inch reach advantage. 

The former champion is listed as the -190 favorite but we like the +160 Arnold Allen in this one.

To find out how to place your bets for this featured featherweight main event, check out our ultimate UFC betting guide to get started.

Edson Barboza vs Billy Quarantillo - Featherweight Division

Edson Barboza

TALE OF THE TAPE

Billy Quarantillo

37

Age

34

5 ft 11 in

Height

5 ft 10 in

75 in

Reach

70 in

22-11

Record

17-4

Even with black belts in muay thai and taekwondo, Edson Barboza just isn’t the same fighter that he used to be. Even his move down to the featherweight division did little to improve his status in the UFC rankings.

Barboza has lost his last two fights, suffering a third-round TKO loss to Giga Chikadze before dropping a unanimous decision to Bryce Mitchell at UFC 272 last March. He has been out of action, now, for a full calendar year.

Billy Quarantillo is 2-2 over his last four fights but is coming off a huge second-round TKO victory over Alexander Hernandez that took place at UFC 282 last December.

Quarantillo holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has a half-inch reach advantage, and is favored over Barboza at -170.

Dustin Jacoby vs Azamat Murzakanov - Light Heavyweight Division

Dustin Jacoby

TALE OF THE TAPE

Azamat Murzakanov

35

Age

33

6 ft 4 in

Height

5 ft 10 in

78 in

Reach

71 in

18-6-1

Record

12-0

Undefeated (with one draw) since 2019, Dustin Jacoby had his eight-fight winning streak snapped recently, having lost via split decision to Khalil Rountree Jr. last October.

Jacoby takes on undefeated Russian fighter Azamat Muzakanov, who has won both of his UFC bouts thus far. 

Murzakanov debuted against Tafon Mchukwi last March, defeating him with a flying knee knockout in the third round. Murzakanov followed that performance up with a third-round TKO win over Devin Clark last August.

Despite his impressive history, Murzakanov will be at a noticeable disadvantage physically, as he stands six inches shorter than Jacoby and will have a reach seven inches shorter than his opponent.

Dustin Jacoby is the -180 betting favorite.

Ion Cutelaba vs Tanner Boser - Light Heavyweight Division

Ion Cutelaba

TALE OF THE TAPE

Tanner Boser

29

Age

31

6 ft 1 in

Height

6 ft 2 in

75 in

Reach

75.5 in

16-9-1, 1 no-contest

Record

20-9-1

Both of these light heavyweights need a statement win this Saturday. There is no doubt about that.

Ion Cutelaba has now lost three in a row and is just 1-5-1 in his last seven octagon appearances. He suffered back-to-back first-round submission losses to Ryan Spann and Johnny Walker before suffering his most recent loss - a second-round TKO at the hands of Kennedy Nzechukwu last November.

Tanner Boser is 1-3 over his last four fights. His last fight took place last September where he was on the losing end of a split decision against Rodrigo Mascimento.

Boser has the slightest of edges in both height and reach but does hold a black belt in karate and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At +110, Boser may be the better bet for this matchup.

Pedro Munhoz vs Chris Gutierrez - Bantamweight Division

Pedro Munhoz

TALE OF THE TAPE

Chris Gutierrez

36

Age

31

5 ft 6 in

Height

5 ft 9 in

65 in

Reach

67 in

19-7, 2 no-contests

Record

19-4-2

UFC veteran Pedro Munhoz will have his hands full Saturday night when he takes on the surging Chris Gutierrez - a fighter who hasn’t lost a fight since 2018.

Gutierrez is coming off of the biggest win of his career. At UFC 281 last November, Gutierrez knocked out former lightweight champion and hall of famer Frankie Edgar in the first-round of what was Edgar’s retirement fight.

Munhoz has struggled as of late, going just 1-4 prior to his most recent bout against Sean O’Malley.

The fight against O’Malley took place at UFC 276 last July but ended as a no-contest after Munhoz suffered an eye poke that left him unable to continue.

If you like to take chances, betting on the +180 Pedro Munhoz and his power punches might be the bet for you.

Clay Guida vs Rafa Garcia - Lightweight Division

Clay Guida

TALE OF THE TAPE

Rafa Garcia

41

Age

28

5 ft 7 in

Height

5 ft 7 in

70 in

Reach

70 in

38-22

Record

14-3

He may not have the best record in MMA but fan favorite and hall of famer Clay Guida will kick off the main card by fighting in his 61st professional fight this Saturday.

Guida is 3-3 in his last six bouts. He is coming off of a split-decision win over Scott Holtzman that took place last December.

Rafa Garcia is 3-1 over his last four fights and, like Guida, is also coming off of a decision win. He last defeated Hayisaer Maheshate last December in a catch-weight bout.

Both men stand at an equal height and have an equal reach, but Garcia has the youth advantage as he is 13 years younger than Guida. The younger fighter is favored at -245, which are the best odds listed on the main card this Saturday.

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How to Watch UFC on ESPN: Holloway vs Allen

  • LOCATION: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Missouri
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 15
  • TIME: 6:30 PM EST
  • HOW: ESPN, ESPN+, TSN
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Ryan Bristlon is a Canadian writer currently residing in Hamilton, Ontario. He studied print and broadcast journalism at Humber College and has been a lifelong fan of the sport of hockey and the NHL.



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