In the Clinch – UFC ESPN 37: Emmett Eyes Chance Against Kattar – Now that Josh Emmett’s body has recovered from some brutal knee and leg injuries, the featherweight is making a healthy run towards a title shot.
Emmett (17-2-0), 37, currently ranked No. 7, suffered a complete ACL tear and partial MCL tear among other things during a fight with Shane Burgos in June 2020 at UFC Vegas 3. Despite the turmoil to his body, Emmett won the fight and recently decisioned Dan Ige at UFC 269 in December 2021.
Josh knows the clock is ticking on a title shot. Most of the top contenders will be in action in July, so a big win Saturday can put him in a good position to snatch opponent Calvin Kattar’s No. 4 ranking.
Meanwhile, Kattar (23-5-0), 34, would like to return to the title shot conversation, but has a bit more work to do. He rebounded from a tough loss to former champion Max Holloway to an impressive decision over up-and-comer Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 46 in January.
Kattar is five inches taller than Emmett and like his opponent, is certified tough. He’s won three of his last four bouts and is in a bit of a groove himself.
Both fighters are no strangers at going the distance, but Emmett in particular will be looking for the finish to avoid any unnecessary damage. He needs to start fast before Kattar gets rolling. At any rate, it should be a good fight.
The UFC has experienced at least one fighter retirement in its past two events. With Donald Corrine and Joe Lauzon in the co-main event, that streak could continue.
As Dana White likes to say, we’ll have to see what happens.
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