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UFC Fight Night predictions — Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett: Fight card, odds, stream, start time

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Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett will be shortlisted for the UFC Featherweight Championship after winning UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas. Kattar vs. Emmett marks only the third UFC Fight Night in front of a full crowd in 2022.

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Many doubted Kattar was over after taking a historic number of punches from Max Holloway in 2021. Kattar (23-5) returned a year later and unleashed the accumulated aggression on Giga Chikadze over 25 minutes. Kattar’s dominance over the famous kickboxer immediately made him a worthy contender in the featherweight division. Defeating Emmett puts Kattar next to the winner Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez next in line for the UFC title, short of the fourth installment in a seemingly endless rivalry between champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway.

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“I don’t shy away from such challenges, as you can see, look at the list of guys I competed against,” Kattar told reporters at a media day on Wednesday. “We haven’t given up on the fight yet, and that’s not exactly what I planned to do when I came to the UFC. You come into the UFC to fight the best guys in the world and earn your opportunities and I think we both did a good job of cashing in on this main event on Saturday night. May the strongest win.”

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Emmett (17-2) may have had one of the slowest climbs in any UFC weight class. A mighty dynamite-wielding fighter, Emmett is closer to a world title than ever before. Emmett, 37, enters UFC Fight Night with a four win streak over Dan Ige, Shane Burgos, Mirsad Bektic and Michael Johnson. Emmett won the fight with Burgos despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during the fight. These kinds of injuries, unfortunately, delayed Emmett’s upward trajectory. He required intensive emergency facial surgery after a controversial knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens in 2018. Emmett also turned down a number of offered matches due to injuries during practice.

“I literally just trust the process,” Emmett told CBS Sports of his long journey up the division. “There were times when I got frustrated because I wanted something and I didn’t have the fights I wanted. In the end, everything led me to something bigger and better. That’s why I just sit and live in the present and know deep down that everything will turn out for the best. This is what I want. The path has definitely been difficult for me. it can not be in any other way. It helped me become who I am. This and much more has shaped me into who I am. I wouldn’t change a thing because when I get to the top it will be much easier to bear and I’ll be there for a while.”

Check out the full interview with Josh Emmett below.

Saturday’s co-main event is dedicated to two legends for all occasions. Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon fought a total of 97 fights and made their professional debuts in 2006 and 2004 respectively. Cerrone has 27 finishes on his track record. Lauzon is an inch behind at 26. These two veterans are bonus hunters to the core. Cerrone is tied with Charles Oliveira for the most post-fight bonuses in UFC history (18), while Lawson is tied for second with Nate Diaz (15). This match was originally scheduled for UFC 274 but was canceled on the day of the event after Cerrone fell ill.

Here is the fight card for UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from Caesar’s bookmaker.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Favorite outsider Weight category

Calvin Kattar -230

Josh Emmet +190

A light weight

Donald Cerrone -170

Joe Lauzon +145

Light

Kevin Holland -280

Tim Means +230

welterweight

Albert Duraev -230

Joaquin Buckley +190

average weight

Guram Kutateladze-170

Damir Ismagulov +145

Light

Gregory Rodriguez -190

Julian Marquez +160

average weight

Viewing information for UFC Fight Night

Date: June 18 | Start time: 19:00 ET
Location: Moody Center – Austin, TX
Stream: ESPN+

Forecast

Calvin Kattar vs Josh Emmett: Kattar has great boxing in MMA and when he wins, it’s not particularly close. Blend his elbows and Kattar will be able to hit you from different angles. Perhaps that’s why the bookies consider him a more than two-to-one favorite against the heavy-handed Emmett. Kattar also has a proven five-shot gas tank and can withstand abuse. In the division without Holloway, Kattar would be even closer to a world title than he is now. The unevenness with which Emmett competes keeps him in the featherweight division. Emmet exudes strength in every aspect of his game. His offensive fighting is powerful and his knockout power is powerful. His explosiveness shows up late, as evidenced by the knockout of Michael Johnson at 4:14 of the third round. Perhaps Emmett’s most remarkable trait is his resilience. He recovered from horrific facial injuries from his loss to Stevens and defeated Burgos on one good leg. Emmett is gaining 1.38 knockdowns in 15 minutes, which is the ninth most among all UFC fighters. The six fighters above him compete in the light heavyweight or heavyweight division (at least 60 pounds). He is in good company with the lighter fighters Conor McGregor and Sean O’Malley. There are two main outcomes in this fight. First, Kattar kills Emmet within five rounds, but loses one or two rounds due to Emmet’s power. Second, Emmett makes a tough wrestling decision. A knockout win for any fighter is always on the table, but Kattar has never been knocked out and Emmett’s one loss by knockout involved seemingly illegal punches. Cats via Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Source: www.cbssports.com

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