Josh Emmett has got a razor-thin split decision win over Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC Fight Night Austin.
7 ranked featherweight Emmett and #4 ranked Kattar had a hard-fought 5 rounds fight that could be scored in either men’s favor.
Both men started cautiously being aware of their opponent’s power. Kattar has better round 1 and was able to cut open Emmett with a couple of sharp jabs. However, Emmett aggressively attacked near the end of the round. Emmett was throwing some vicious right hands in the second round amid several of their exchanges. Kattar pushed pressure on the injured eye with more jabs.
Emmett’s corner told him that he is down by 2 rounds before he entered the third one. Emmett responded with more big punches all over the body and was able to turn the fight around in his favor a bit from there. Emmett continued his work as the championship round started. However, Kattar was able to land a few stiff elbows to force him to back up. The final round was once again a back and forth brawl where both men landed some hard shots.
In the end, two judges scored 48-47 in favor of Josh Emmett while one judge scored the same in favor of Kattar. This result came at an event that saw eight stoppages on the prelims and main card.
Emmett went on to stake his claim to be considered a title contender after this win and insisted that after Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanowski and Max Halloway, the division needs some new blood that he provides.