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Josh Emmett edges past Calvin Kattar, demands shot at UFC featherweight title


Josh Emmett edges past Calvin Kattar, demands shot at UFC featherweight title

Josh Emmett has called for a title shot against the winner of Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway after picking up a split decision over Calvin Kattar in Saturday's main event.

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, which saw two judges award the 145-pound bout 48-47 to Emmett while the 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 and that a title shot should be next.

"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."

Saturday's contest basically played out like a boxing match, as neither featherweight looked to utilize leg kicks or takedowns, with Kattar's best weapon being his jab, which he landed throughout the fight. Emmett, meanwhile, did his best work at short range, effectively going to Kattar's body during the middle rounds and forcing him backward at times with the overhand right.

In the fifth, Emmett pick and chose his spots and blitzed Kattar with combinations, while Kattar tried to keep things at a distance to land his jab.

Emmett has won five in a row and is one of only four featherweights with an active win streak of five or more, along with Volkanovski (9), Arnold Allen (9) and Bryce Mitchell (6).

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