June 16, 2022 1:31 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Calvin Kattar vs Josh Emmett at UFC on ESPN 37

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CALVIN KATTAR VS JOSH EMMETT FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 37? Sunday 19th June, 2022 - 12:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 37? Moody Center, Austin, Texas (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 37? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC on ESPN 37 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 37? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

CALVIN KATTAR VS JOSH EMMETT LOWDOWN

Calvin Kattar (23-5) headlines his fourth card in a row. He is not in the title picture after getting absolutely schooled by Max Holloway (2021) but he is one of the most exciting fighters on the roster and is always a welcome sight on the headliner spot. That loss came after two superb wins which were in response to a unanimous decision loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov (2019). He was distorting Jeremy Stephens’ (2020) face before wrecking the veteran with a sumptuous elbow followed by a classy unanimous decision over Dan Ige (2020). He then ran into the other Hawaiian, but he regained his confidence with another brilliant unanimous decision, this time as the underdog derailing the prospect Giga Chikadze (2022).

Josh Emmett’s (17-2) confidence has never been higher as he sits on a four-fight win streak. His last loss was that brutal assault from Stephens (2018) which included an illegal knee fracturing Emmett’s orbital bone. He returned a year later with a fire in his belly and proceeded to knock out Michael Johnson (2019) and Mirsad Bektic (2019) before unanimous decisions over Shane Burgos (2020) and Dan Ige (2021).

CALVIN KATTAR VS JOSH EMMETT PREDICTION

These two are two of the most exciting featherweight strikers which is a statement considering the division is littered with some of the best strikers in the world. Their boxing is top tier and we give Kattar the edge when it comes to technique and Emmett the edge when it comes to power. That said, they are both technical and powerful.

This has ‘Fight of the Night’ written all over it and we feel Kattar will come out on top. Everything can change if Emmett lands clean, but Kattar is still incredibly durable. He also has the advantage when it comes to five-round experience. His last three fights have gone 25 minutes whereas Emmett has only gone five rounds once in his career which was back in 2014 on the local scene.

Emmett’s game plan is unlikely to consist of pacing himself to win a decision. He is explosive and throws everything into his shots which is not sustainable over five rounds. Kattar’s style is more suitable keeping up a solid pace while maintaining his power.

So, expect a bright start from Emmett where he will look extremely dangerous for three rounds. We can see him finding an early knockout, but in all likelihood, Kattar’s chin and cardio will enable him to weather the storm and wear Emmett down with violence to earn a decision at least.

Prediction: Kattar via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

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