Josh Emmett’s case for a UFC featherweight name shot was given loads more potent on Saturday, as he picked up a cut-up choice over Calvin Kattar within the fundamental occasion of UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas.
Emmett (18-2) attacked Kattar (23-6) with winging proper hands and frame photographs over the course of a lower back-and-forth five-spherical fight. All three judges’ scorecards were near. Two officers presented the 145-pound combat forty-eight-forty seven to Emmett, who went in because of the betting underdog. A 1/3 saw it 48-47 for Kattar.
Although the fight become certainly close, generating a wide variety of fan scores on social media, Emmett said he was assured approximately the result. Current champion Alexander Volkanovski is scheduled to shield his belt against Max Holloway at UFC 276 on July 2 in Las Vegas, and Emmett demanded a threat to face the winner.
“I idea I had it 4 [rounds] to 1,” Emmett stated. “I accept as true with [a title shot should be next]. Calvin Kattar become ranked No. 4. Look on the guys he has fought. Holloway and Volkanovski are arguably a number of the satisfactory featherweights of all time, however, they want a few new types of blood and I can get it completed.”
Saturday’s contest basically performed out like boxing healthy, as neither featherweight appeared to utilize leg kicks or takedowns. Kattar’s quality weapon become his jab, which he continually landed throughout the fight. He opened a cut over Emmett’s left eye with the jab early and opened it further with an elbow inside the fourth spherical.
Emmett, of Sacramento, did his exceptional paintings at quick variety. He correctly went to Kattar’s body at some stage in the middle rounds and pressured him backward at times with the overhand proper. Even while Kattar blocked the pictures, they had visible weight behind them.
In the fifth, Emmett select and chose his spots and blitzed Kattar with combinations, while Kattar tried to hold things at a distance to land his jab.
Emmett has won 5 in a row. Only Volkanovski (9), Arnold Allen (nine), and Bryce Mitchell (6) have longer energetic win streaks inside the department.