Josh Emmett had little question in his thoughts that he ought to go away UFC Austin because the winner in his major occasion combat towards Calvin Kattar however he acquired a bit nervous when the judges’ scorecards have been learn within the octagon.
One choose gave Kattar the combat with a 48-47 rating however the different two judges felt Emmett did sufficient to earn the break up choice victory with a pair of 48-47 playing cards in his favor. Afterwards, Emmett admitted that he didn’t anticipate the scores to fall that approach, particularly contemplating how he felt the combat truly performed out.
“I assumed I used to be going to get screwed,” Emmett mentioned concerning the choice on the UFC Austin post-fight press convention. “I assumed I received 4 [rounds] to 1. I had 4 to 1. Not less than three to 2 and after they went break up [decision], I used to be like come on! Nevertheless it labored out in my favor.
“Calvin Kattar is a canine. Like I advised you guys, I used to be prepared for a 25 minute battle. He’s robust as hell. Normally once I hit folks with these huge photographs to the pinnacle or the physique, they’re not standing there and he was proper within the combine coming ahead with these elbows and knees. He has a slick jab. I used to be so effectively ready. My coaches, all people, that is our time.”
Whereas he clearly hasn’t had an opportunity to return and watch the combat but, Emmett felt like he secured the win by taking the primary, third, fourth and fifth rounds over Kattar.
Decide Chris Lee had rounds one, three and 4 for Emmett whereas Sal D’Amato had rounds one, two and three for the Group Alpha Male fighter. Solely Doug Crosby scored the combat for Kattar after giving him rounds two, 4 and 5.
“The second [round] was shut,” Emmett mentioned. “We gave that to him however I assumed I received three, 4 and 5. He was simply touchdown that jab after which I used to be touchdown extra energy photographs backing him up. Nothing however respect to him, his coaches and his teammates.”
The combat was positively shut all through however Emmett acquired the job performed with the break up choice nod in his favor.
He was not solely proud of the victory however Emmett was happy to show a couple of folks flawed who had doubted him heading into his first UFC major occasion on Saturday.
“I advised you guys I’ll speak to you on Saturday night time, loads of you guys counting me out saying he was a slick boxer, all such a stuff,” Emmett mentioned. “I can field, too. I needed to sort of show it however I used to be touchdown energy photographs. Nevertheless it’s not boxing, it’s MMA.
“I can do all of it. I didn’t even get to point out you guys half of my sport however I’m proud of the win. I’m completely satisfied to be right here.”
Emmett believes he must be the following particular person in line to problem for the belt and he’s hoping the UFC will put him cageside in Las Vegas to look at Volkanovski vs. Holloway 3 unfold.
“I need that shot,” Emmett mentioned. “I mentioned the No. 2 and three guys [Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez], they’re phenomenal fighters, they’ve fought the highest guys Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski. We’d like some new blood within the division.
“I do know I can compete with them. I’m the most effective featherweight on this planet. I’m prepared. I need to be sitting cageside in two weeks [at UFC 276] to see who I’m preventing subsequent. I do know I can compete with these guys. I do know I can beat these guys.”