Josh Emmett beats Calvin Katar, closer to capturing UFC featherweight title
Josh Emmett's case for a UFC featherweight title shot got a lot stronger on Saturday
as he picked up a split decision over Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas.
Emmett (18-2) attacked Kattar (23-6) with winging right hands and body shots
over the course of a back-and-forth five-round fight. All three judges' scorecards were close. Two officials
awarded the 145-pound fight 48-47 to Emmett, who went in as the betting underdog. A third saw it 48-47 for Kattar.
Although the fight was undoubtedly close, producing a wide range of fan scores on social media,
Emmett said he was confident about the result. Current champion Alexander Volkanovski is scheduled to
defend his belt against Max Holloway at UFC 276 on July 2 in Las Vegas, and Emmett demanded a chance to face the winner.
"I thought I had it four [rounds] to one," Emmett said. "I believe [a title shot should be next]. Calvin Kattar was ranked No. 4.
Look at the guys he has fought. Holloway and Volkanovski are arguably some of the best featherweights of all time, but they need some new blood and I can get it done."