UFC Fight Night: Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen live play-by-play and results for main event

Join Bloody Elbow for play-by-play and live scoring of the Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen main event at UFC Kansas City.

By: Dayne Fox | 6 months ago
UFC Fight Night: Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen live play-by-play and results for main event
April 14, 2023, Kansas City, MO, Missouri, USA: KANSAS Kansas City, MO, MISSOURI - APRIL 14: L-R Max Holloway and Arnold Allen step on the scales and face off at the ceremonial weigh ins ahead of their fight at UFC Fight Night Kansas City - Holloway vs Allen at T-Mobile Center on April 15th, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Kansas City, MO USA - ZUMAp175 20230414_zsa_p175_061 Copyright: xMattxDaviesx

UFC Kansas City comes to us live from the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO. The main event is an important contest to shape the title picture in the featherweight division. Former champion Max Holloway will look to snap the lengthy winning streak of Arnold Allen. Should Allen win, the UFC will have a hell of a time denying him a title shot. Should Holloway win, the UFC will have to go back to the drawing board in pinpointing the next contender after Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez unify the featherweight belts.

Follow along with Bloody Elbow as we score, analyze and react to the UFC Kansas City.

Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen live scoring

Round 1

Allen begins as the aggressor, looking for low kicks. After a low blow, Holloway comes out and lands his first punching combinations to the delight of the crowd, though Allen defends well. Allen lands a hard left, but Holloway shows no ill-effects. A head kick partially lands from Allen. Holloway begins to start building. Allen looking for heavy kicks, but not landing many. He is successfully avoiding most of Holloways attacks. holloway finding success in the final 90 seconds with well-time blitzes. Hard body kick from Holloway. Holloway’s strong finish gives him the round in my book. Holloway 10-9

Round 2

Allen returns to the pressure as Holloway continues to dance on the outside and pick his shots. Allen lands a flurry of punches. Allen lands another heavy left. Holloway focusing on leg kicks, but finding success in the counters when Allen just looking to touch him up. Holloway lands some single shots, but the combinations are minimal. Allen not landing much down the stretch, but Holloway not landing a lot more. Nice punch-kick combo from Holloway with about 15 seconds. Allen’s more impactful shots early have me leaning in his direction. Allen 10-9

Round 3

Holloway pushes Allen back with a combination after a lot of dancing around to open the round. Allen lands a left. Holloway looking more comfortable, flowing with kicks and single punches to the body. Allen not throwing a lot. He finally starts throwing a jab, but Holloway responds by advancing with kicks and punches after a few land. holloway avoiding most of Allen’s attacks. Good low kick from Holloway. Allen starting to show some frustration, trying to get strikes back after Holloway lands. Spinning back-fist from Holloway. Clearest round thus far, going to Holloway. Holloway 10-9

Round 4

Holloway lands some leg kicks for the first major strikes of the round. Allen advancing, but Holloway isn’t there when Allen throws. Leaping jab for Allen finally lands. Holloway starting to flow, landing several lengthy punching combinations. Holloway keeping a jab in the face of Allen, frustrating the Brit even if it isn’t landing. Arnold stumbles Holloway and looks for a head kick, but misses. Arnold lands a jab, but Holloway counters with a harder punch. Good left from Allen. Holloway slips, but Allen can’t capitalize. Allen blocks a head kick. Close round, but I favor Holloway. Holloway 10-9

Round 5

Allen responds to his corner’s advice to blitz, coming out with heavy punches and kicks. He lands a hard left, but Holloway is still there. Holloway lands a spinning elbow, but Allen is still there. head kick from Holloway. Body kick from Holloway. Allen clinches up, but nothing comes of it. Back to the body kick from Holloway. Allen capitalizes a combination with a head kick. Allen swinging for the fences with everything. Holloway picking his spots with jabs and body kicks. Allen measuring Holloway, but can’t find what he’s looking for.Spinning back kick from Holloway

Allen trips Holloway, but Holloway pops right back up. Allen clinches up with Holloway again and Holloway loses his mouthpiece. It’s put back in by the ref as they maintain the clinch. Allen goes for it when the finally break in the final seconds. He lands something hard, but Holloway drops him at the bell. Allen gets the final round, but too little too late in my book. Allen 10-9, Holloway 48-47 total

Official decision: Max Holloway def. Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (49-46 x2, 48-47)

UFC Kansas City Quick Results

Main card (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+)

  • Max Holloway def. Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (49-46 x2, 48-47) | Featherweight
  • Edson Barboza def. Billy Quarantillo via KO (knee) at 2:37 of RD1 | Featherweight
  • Azamat Murzakanov def. Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision (29-28 x3) | Light Heavyweight
  • Ion Cutelaba def. Tanner Boser via TKO (punches) at 2:05 of RD1 | Light Heavyweight
  • Pedro Munhoz def. Chris Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) | Bantamweight
  • Rafa Garcia def. Clay Guida via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) | Lightweight

Prelim card (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+)

  • Bill Algeo def. TJ Brown via submission (RNC) at 1:40 of RD2 | Featherweight
  • Brandon Royval def. Matheus Nicolau via KO (knee and elbows) 2:09 of RD1 | Flyweight
  • Zak Cummings def. Ed Herman via TKO (punches) at 4:13 of RD3 | Light Heavyweight
  • Gillian Robertson vs. Piera Rodriguez via submission (armbar) at 4:21 of RD2 | Women’s Strawweight
  • Daniel Zellhuber def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28) | Lightweight
  • Denise Gomes def. Bruna Brasil via TKO (punches) at 2:42 of RD2| Women’s Strawweight
  • Gaston Bolanos def. Aaron Phillips via unaimous decision (30-27 x2 29-28) | Bantamweight
  • Joselyne Edwards def. Lucie Pudilova via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29) | Women’s Bantamweight

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Dayne Fox
Dayne Fox

Dayne Fox is a contributing writer and analyst for Bloody Elbow. He has been writing about combat sports since 2013 and a member of Bloody Elbow since 2016. Dayne primarily contributes opinion pieces and event coverage. Dayne’s specialties are putting together the preview articles for all the UFC events and post-fight analysis. Outside of writing on combat sports, Dayne works in the purchasing department of a construction company, formerly working as an analyst. He is also a proud husband and father. In what spare time he can find, he enjoys strategy games and is a movie enthusiast. He is based in Utah.

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