UFC Fight Night predictions - Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett: Fight live stream, start time
UFC Austin live results begin at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 18, on MMAWeekly.com. The fights take place at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. Click on the fight below in the UFC on ESPN 37 live results section for live stats or jump down to the written UFC on ESPN 37 results. In-fight live stats and results provided courtesy of Fight Analytics.
Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett will find themselves on the shortlist of UFC featherweight title challengers with a victory at UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas. Kattar vs. Emmett marks only the third UFC Fight Night in front of a full-capacity crowd in 2022.
Many doubted if Kattar was done for after absorbing a historic number of strikes from Max Holloway in 2021. Kattar (23-5) returned one year later and unleashed pent-up aggression on Giga Chikadze over 25 minutes. Kattar's dominance against the renowned kickboxer immediately renewed him as a contender worth watching in the featherweight division. A win over Emmett positions Kattar alongside the winner of Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez as next in line for a UFC title shot, barring a fourth installment in the seemingly infinite rivalry between champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway.
"I don't shy away from a challenge like that, as you see, look at the list of guys I've competed against," Kattar told reporters at Wednesday's media day. "We haven't turned down a fight yet, and that's not really something that when I got to UFC that I planned on doing. You come to the UFC to fight the best guys in the world and earn your opportunities, and I think we've both done a good job of earning this main event Saturday night. May the best man win."
"I literally just trust the process," Emmet told CBS Sports about his long road up the division. "There are times when I would get frustrated because I'd want something and I wasn't getting the fights I wanted. At the end of the day, everything has led me to something bigger and better. That's why I just sit back and live in the present and know deep down that everything is going to work out for the best. This is what I want. The path has definitely been difficult for me. I've had a hard road dealing with previous injuries and tough opponents but I wouldn't have it any other way. It helped build me and who I am. That and so many more things have molded me into who I am. I wouldn't change anything because when I do get to the top, it'll be that much easier to sustain and I'll be there for a while."
How to Watch UFC Austin: Kattar vs. Emmett
UFC on ESPN 37 main card start time: 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN
UFC on ESPN 37 prelims start time: 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN 2
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The UFC on ESPN 37 main event featherweight fight between Calvin Kattar (23-5) and Josh Emmett (17-2) features two fighters on the cusp of a title shot. Kattar sits at No. 4 in the rankings, while Emmett holds the No. 7 slot.
Emmett is currently on a four-fight winning streak. Kattar would also be on a four-fight streak, save for a loss to former champ Max Holloway. The winner of this bout entrenches himself near the top of the division.
For the second time, Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon has been canceled the day of the planned bout,. Lauzon had to withdraw because of a non-weight-cut-related medical issue, the promotion said. The contest was scheduled as the UFC Austin co-main event Saturday night.