UFC Fight Night Results, Highlights: Josh Emmett trumps Calvin Kattar as card draw record number of KOs

UFC Fight Night Results, Highlights: Josh Emmett trumps Calvin Kattar as card draw record number of KOs

UFC Fight Night Results, Highlights: Josh Emmett trumps Calvin Kattar as card draw record number of KOs

Heading into the UFC Fight Night Featherweight main event between Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett, fans in Austin, Texas, were spoiled by a record night of eight knockouts. Then Kattar and Emmett engaged in a bloody, tactical battle over five rounds that ended with Emmett winning a split decision.

The fight was a battle of Kattar’s long straight punches against Emmett’s explosive and loopy power shots. From the opening moments of the fight, it was clear that the man who could lead the battle forward would be the fighter who would do the more effective job.

In the first two rounds, that edge was held by Emmett as he launched overhand right and left hooks to the body that caused Kattar to fall repeatedly on his back foot and stumble backwards into the cage.

Kattar seemed to make the necessary adjustments in the second half of the fight, using a stiff jab and sweeping elbows to open a deep gash over Emmett’s left eye. Along the stretch, Kattar had a clear lead in the number of attacks landed, but Emmett remained dangerous as he continued to land his own bombs, bleeding Kattar’s nose and causing significant swelling around his eye.

It looked like the fight could go either way after five very close rounds. In the end, two of the three judges awarded the power of Emmett’s shots above Kattar’s output, awarding Emmett the fight with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47.

Emmett entered the fight at number 7 in the official UFC rankings, beating the number 4 fighter in Kattar. That was enough to lead Emmett to appeal to UFC president Dana White for a title shot at the winner of the UFC 276 featherweight title fight between champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway.

“There’s a huge title fight in two weeks,” Emmett said. “I’m going to sit at the cage to see who I’ve got now. Dana, give me my chance.’

Kevin Holland taps out Tim Means

In the evening’s co-main event, Kevin Holland was poised for a big welterweight showdown with Tim Means. From the opening bell, Holland had the fight under control, using sheer speed and aggression to keep Means going. By the time round two started, it was clear Means had to figure out a way to completely change the course of the fight. Instead, Holland landed a huge right hand that took Means’ legs away and forced him to shoot. Holland easily countered the shot by using a d’arce choke to force the tap at the 1:28 mark of round 2.

Albert Duraev’s swollen eye gives Juaquin Buckley a TKO win

Juaquin Buckley is known for his stunning knockout of Impa Kasanganay in 2020. The damage piled up over the course of two rounds until Duraev’s eye was so swollen that the ringside doctor refused to allow him to start the last frame. . Buckley showed a bit more skill at wrestling, defending well in the moments when Duraev got the fight to the ground and got back on his feet to continue inflicting damage.

Gregory Rodrigues defeats Julian Marquez and scores knockout

After taking victories in his first two UFC fights, Gregory Rodrigues slowed his momentum when he suffered a split decision loss to Armen Petrosyan in February. “Robocop” came back on the winning lane with a dominating performance in his middleweight clash with Julian Marquez. Rodrigues shook Marquez on the head several times, but it was a series of crushing right hands that finally took the ultra-strong Marquez down for good in the third minute of the opening round.

Adrian Yanez crushes Tony Kelley in grudge match

Tony Kelley found himself in hot water with many fans when he rudely discredited Viviane Araujo and her trainers while cornering his girlfriend Andrea Lee at a recent UFC event. The situation made Adrian Yanez, already a thrilling fighter, the all-time favorite of many who got into this match. The two exchanged words during Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins and the animosity continued as both men uttered some taunts during the opening round of the fight. Still, it was Yanez’s hands that got the word out as he scored a scintillating knockout from Kelley, including a few extra shots when Kelley already seemed unable to defend himself.

The rest of the record-breaking knockouts

Jeremiah Wells crushed Court McKee with a vicious left hook in their welterweight bout.

The featherweight fight between Ricardo Ramos and Danny Chavez ended with a stunning back elbow.

Bantamweight Cody Stamann unloaded with a relentless combination to score a 59-second TKO against Eddie Wineland.

Phil Hawes finished a Deron Winn match in middleweight action.

Roman Dolidze landed one of the loudest knees of the year on Kyle Daukaus to end the middleweight clash.