Josh Emmett (18-2, 9-2 UFC) captured a split-decision victory against Calvin Kattar (23-6, 7-4 UFC) in the UFC on ESPN 37 main event at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night.
Emmett landed with more impact than Kattar, and several of his heavy right hands moved his opponent backwards momentarily. Kattar, was effective with his jab throughout the 25-minute affair, opening a cut above Emmett’s left eye in Round 1 and gradually deepening the wound as the bout progressed. Kattar’s best moment arguably came late in the fourth, when he briefly made Emmett stumble upon landing a straight right hand.
Emmett never wavered, however, and he did a good job mixing up punches to the head and body along with the occasional uppercut. Kattar appeared to get stronger as the fight progressed, but his lack of threatening power in exchanges could have very well been the difference in the judges’ eyes. Kattar’s last four fights have gone the full 25 minutes; he is 2-2 in those contests.
Judges Sal D’Amato and Chris Lee submitted 48-47 scorecards in favor of Emmett, while Douglas Crosby saw it 48-47 in favor of Kattar. Emmett’s five-bout winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in the featherweight division.