Headlining the event is a featherweight bout between a pair of ranked contenders in Calvin Kattar (23-5) and Josh Emmett (17-2), and co-headlining is a welterweight showcase between Kevin Holland and Tim Means, as Donald Cerrone versus Joe Lauzon fell through on fight day for the second time in a row this spring.
Reverting back to our main event; Kattar just battered formerly undefeated (in the UFC) contender Giga Chikadze in January following his yearlong layoff, and Emmett has won his last four-straight coming into this main event bout.
Continue reading to see how this epic featherweight main event went down:
Official Result: Josh Emmett def. Calvin Kattar via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
Merely nothing happens through the first two minutes, before Emmett blitzes Kattar with a hard boxing combo.
Emmett does this a few times through the first round, and each man lands a number of leg kicks.
Emmett has very slick, crisp hands, his combinations are looking great tonight. Kattar is returning with some strikes of his own, but he isn’t backing Emmett up the way he’s being backed up himself through the first ten minutes.
It’d do each man well to mix in a couple kicks here and there.
More of the same happens in round three, Emmett is really looking incredible tonight.
Kattar isn’t performing poorly, his striking totals are right where Emmett’s are, each man has landed about the same amount of strikes. But Emmett’s footwork and power are really working him wonders in this fight.
Kattar has a much better fourth round than he did in the first three, as he’s able to land a spinning elbow, which is followed up by a nasty overhand about five seconds later. This shot hurts Emmett pretty badly, but he’s able to circle his way out of danger and eventually land some hard shots of his own to end the round.
The fifth round was quite close, each man having a lot of success.
Emmett did a great job tonight of mixing his boxing up to Kattar’s head and body, mixing in takedown attempts, though none succeeded, and throwing occasional leg kicks; Kattar on the other hand did a good job adjusting as the fight went on.
All in all, Josh Emmett killed it in his first ever five round fight inside the octagon at 37 years old.
Give this man his title shot!
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