Featherweight contenders Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett headlined Saturday’s UFC Austin struggle card on the Moody Heart in Texas. Kattar entered the bout ranked No. 4 within the 145-pound division whereas Emmett occupied the No. 7 spot within the rankings.
The 2 took their time measuring vary within the opening minute. Kattar pawed along with his jab whereas Emmett unloaded energy punches. Late within the spherical, Emmett linked with a left hand. He shortly modified ranges and seemed to get the struggle to the bottom, however Kattar stifled the try. Neither fighter established a bonus within the opening body.
The tempo picked up within the second spherical. Kattar continued to make use of his jab to maintain Emmett on the skin. Each strike Emmett threw was with energy. Kattar started placing collectively mixtures whereas repeatedly touchdown his jab. He opened up a reduce over Emmett’s left eye however Emmett continued to hunt for a fight-ending opening. Late within the spherical, Emmett pressed ahead with a mixture. Kattar answered with knee. Because the spherical ended, Emmett linked to the physique.
Emmett got here out within the third aggressively. He landed a giant proper hand. Emmett’s strikes had been clearly doing extra injury than Kattar’s. Kattar landed a proper hand, however Emmett met him with heavy counters. Emmett started going to the physique of Kattar. The third spherical was Emmett’s better of the struggle as much as that time.
Kattar was the extra lively of the 2 within the opening portion of the fourth body. Kattar continued to land his jab and Emmett continued to headhunt. Kattar linked with a brief proper hand after which with a spinning elbow. Kattar linked with a proper hand that staggered Emmett. Emmett’s left eye was badly swollen by the tip of the stanza. Emmett recovered and went on the offense and ended the spherical with a flurry.
Emmett’s nook informed him that he was up three rounds to at least one heading into the ultimate body. Kattar continued to make the most of his jab. Emmett fought in spurts. The struggle ended with each males lacking with spinning again elbows.
After 25 minutes of combating, the judges had been cut up on who gained, however two scored the bout for Emmett giving him the win. Following the struggle, Emmett mentioned that he believed that he had performed sufficient to get the victory.
“Sure sir. Even the gang mentioned it itself after I hopped on the cage,” Emmett mentioned. “I believed I had it 4 (rounds) to at least one.”
With the win, Emmett prolonged his successful streak to 5 consecutive fights and known as for a title shot in opposition to the UFC 276 winner between champion Alexander Volkanovski and former titleholder Max Holloway.
“There’s an enormous title struggle in two weeks. I need to be sitting cage facet to see who I’m combating subsequent. Dana [White], give me my shot,” Emmett mentioned.
“Calvin Kattar is ranked quantity 4. Have a look at the fellows he’s fought. The fellows, quantity two and three, they’ve fought the highest guys. They’re phenomenal fighters. Holloway and Volkanovski are arguably a number of the greatest featherweights of all time. A lot respect to them, however there must be new blood within the division and I can get it performed.”