“Why Didn’t They Interview Kattar?” – UFC World Left Divided After Split Decision Plagues UFC Austin Main Event Kattar vs. Emmett

Published 06/18/2022, 10:23 PM EDT

The sold-out UFC Austin event at Moody Center had exciting fights from top to bottom. Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett gave a striking classic in the main event. The pivotal featherweight bout went to the judges’ scorecard.

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The Massachusetts native last defeated Giga Chikadze, whereas the Team Alpha Male representative last defeated Dan Ige. Thus, both fighters had momentum coming into this pivotal matchup.

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The Boston Finisher‘, Kattar, and Sacramento native started the bout tentatively as they respected each other’s power. Both fighters got into the groove soon and kept an impressive pace for five rounds. However, Emmett’s power proved the difference in their bout. The 37-year-old won via a split decision (48-47,47-48,48-47).

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During the fight, the New England Cartel athlete landed a plethora of jabs on Emmett, who connected with multiple vicious strikes.

Although they started the bout with the utmost respect, the end of the fourth round saw all respect kept aside. The featherweight contest had an insane pace and going into the fifth, it could have been 2-2.

MMA fans praise UFC Austin main event

The featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, and others reacted to the closely contested and exciting main event. Fight fans showered praise for both the fighters involved in the headliner.

In the post-fight interview, Emmett asked UFC President Dana White for the title shot.

Will Josh Emmett get the next title shot?

Both Emmett and Kattar looked phenomenal for the entire fight. The former’s impressive win over Kattar should put him in the top 5 of featherweight rankings. But will he get the next shot at the winner of Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski?

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The UFC 276 bout is a trilogy between the two best UFC featherweights of all time. Since Volkanovski is the champion and has a 2-0 lead over Holloway, a close ‘Blessed’ win could mean these two square off against each other again.

A Volkanovski win would be ideal for Emmett to get the next shot at the featherweight title. Besides, there is a pivotal headliner between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez that could prove to be a number one contender fight, depending upon the outcome. Even in that fight, Emmett would hope for ‘T-City’ to win, since he has already fought ‘The Great’.

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Given all the upcoming fights, Emmett’s road to the title is not clear. However, he’s in a good position as his next bout will have big title shot implications.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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