UFC Austin: Kattar and Emmett Take Leap Into Featherweight Title Picture

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Josh Emmett, UFC 269 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press
Two of the UFC’s rising featherweight contenders volition look to present a show that earns them a rubric changeable arsenic Calvin Kattar meets Josh Emmett astatine UFC Austin.

The improvement of @CalvinKattar into 1 of the champion 145ers successful the satellite 📈

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— UFC (@ufc) June 15, 2022

It seems foolish to deliberation astir now, but the deficiency of designation being shown towards Calvin Kattar successful January was an absurd amount.  It was not each wholly unwarranted.  Kattar was, aft all, coming backmost from a year-long layoff pursuing the statistically worst five-round beating successful UFC history.  He responded with a career-best performance, dominating the surging Giga Chikadze amusement that helium was inactive a menace to the top-five successful the featherweight division.

The show besides served arsenic a vindication of sorts for Kattar.  Among the astir notable members of the New England Cartel squad with the likes of Rob Font successful Massachusetts, “The Boston Finisher” amassed a respectable 17-2 grounds to scope the UFC.  Upon entering the Octagon, Kattar struggled to get much than 2 victories successful a enactment arsenic his win-streaks were snapped by the likes of Max Holloway, Zabit Magomedsharipov, and Renato Moicano.  To grounds the triumph implicit a rubric hopeful successful Chikadze is simply a career-turning accidental to accidental the slightest if helium tin adhd to it connected Saturday.

Left hook = 𝙇𝙄𝙂𝙃𝙏𝙎 𝙊𝙐𝙏 🚫💡

[ @JoshEmmettUFC | #UFCAustin | Saturday | @MoodyCenterATX | LIVE connected @ESPN ] pic.twitter.com/klLBXTXjy4

— UFC (@ufc) June 16, 2022

It feels arsenic if the clip is present oregon ne'er for Josh Emmett to scope the rubric picture.  The latest contender to travel retired of Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male, the 37 year-old Emmett has been 1 of the featherweight division’s astir accordant performers successful accumulating a 17-2 grounds implicit the people of his career.   Inside the Octagon, his vocation resembled Kattar’s successful that the imaginable suffered setbacks of his ain that slowed his momentum successful losses to Des Green and Jeremy Stephens that some snapped two-fight win-streaks.

One indispensable look beyond the numbers to summarize the past 3 years for Emmett.  Since 2019, helium has been connected a 4 combat win-streak that presently has him ranked seventh by the UFC.  However, an ACL teardrop and different injuries kept him retired of enactment for astir of 2020 and astir each of 2021 earlier helium was capable to instrumentality to enactment past December.  Now successful his 2nd UFC headliner, and surveying the featherweight division, Emmett has an accidental to perchance fastener successful a rubric changeable if helium tin present a stellar show against Kattar.

Most expect an breathtaking slugfest connected Saturday and it is casual to spot why.  The heavy-handed boxing and slickness from Kattar contrasted with the almighty and plodding Emmett makes for an explosive contest.  While Kattar’s question and precision is expected to beryllium connected display, helium volition person to woody with they physicality of Emmett arsenic the Alpha Male merchandise looks to locomotion down the Bostonian and of the 2 is the 1 expected to look for the takedown archetypal successful bid to alteration his attack.

The stars of the amusement 🤩
@CalvinKattar vs @JoshEmmettUFC

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— UFC (@ufc) June 17, 2022

The featherweight part presently awaits the effect of the trilogy betwixt existent rubric holder Alexander Volkanovski and erstwhile kingpin Max Holloway successful aboriginal July.  Considering that astir each the contenders ranked supra Kattar and Emmett person already been dispatched by either Volkanovski and Holloway, it stands to crushed that Saturday’s combat could nutrient the adjacent rubric challenger.  Should that not beryllium the case, past the victor would apt look British contender Arnold Allen who is knocking connected the doorway of a rubric changeable himself with an eleven combat win-streak.