Kattar a Sizable Favorite
After going 1-1 as an underdog, Calvin Kattar finds himself as another sizable favorite this Saturday. The Bostonian is coming off a clinic against Giga Chikadze and gets Josh Emmett, who has won four straight. While Kattar is the rightful favorite, overlooking Emmett could be disastrous on the UFC odds.
Kattar Could Be Division’s Toughest
Calvin Kattar has a dubious distinction on his resume: he set a UFC record for the most significant strikes absorbed in a fight with 445. Yep, that isn’t a typo. Kattar absorbed an average of nearly 18 significant strikes per minute against former champion Max Holloway.
Despite absorbing an inordinate amount of damage, Kattar came back stronger. Equipped with a castiron chin, Kattar will be a tough out for the hardest hitters. And he’s not just a punching bag either. Folks tried betting online against him against Chikadze but he turned the tables and put a beating on the division’s best pure kickboxer.
Kattar has some of the best boxing in the division and is a versed grappler too. He has rarely used his wrestling. But the rest of the contenders have taken notice as he used it to beat up Chikadze. With his versatility and toughness, Kattar could finally land himself a title shot.
Emmett Finally Getting Recognition
As tough as Kattar is, Josh Emmett knows that there is no chin he can’t crack. The wrestle-boxer is the author of three of the most vicious knockouts in the division and he did it all as an underdog. The latest contender from Team Alpha Male does not just hit hard but is also proficient. Emmett has a 62% striking defense.
Slowly, Emmett has worked his way to contendership. He is not the type to brag on the mic but his workmanlike mentality is what makes him hard to stop. The 37-year-old wrestled in college and has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started as a grappler but has since won most of his UFC fights by way of his fists.
Emmett has always had the punching power but the knockouts are coming because he’s sharpened his boxing. It’s not always about power but about precision. With Emmett’s power, he is a popular underdog with the Las Vegas odds.
Kattar vs Emmett Head-to-Head
Kattar will be the rangier fighter of the two though Emmett is stockier. The favorite has a two-inch reach advantage and is also five inches taller. The latter could work to Emmett’s favor as he can better target Kattar’s body if he guards high. Alternatively, Emmett could also use it to wrestle Kattar down.
Kattar vs Emmett Fight Information
- Fight: Kattar (23-5-0) vs Emmett (17-2-0)
- Location: Moody Center
- Day/Time: Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m. ET
- Kattar vs Emmett Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
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Kattar vs Emmett Betting Lines
Kattar vs Emmett Prediction
As long as Kattar’s chin can continue holding up, he has the edge here. This is a risky take as he has absorbed tremendous amounts of damage over his UFC career. But Kattar is still getting better and his versatility can allow him to mix things up if he’s becoming a bit too predictable.
Emmett does hit hard but he does not have the same chin as Kattar either. He can ill-afford to absorb too much of Kattar’s punches. There is a good chance this one does not go to a decision and that’s the best UFC bet at underdog money. From a picks perspective, Kattar is just a bit more resourceful than Emmett so he should win.