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The main-event comes in the Featherweight division, as Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar takes on Josh Emmett. Coming off an exceptional performance over Giga Chikadze, Kattar returns to the octagon with an opportunity to stake claim as the next title challenger. With wins in three of the last four fights, Kattar rides into this big fight with excellent momentum. Meanwhile, Emmett is currently on a four-fight win streak. Having defeated Shane Burgos and Dan Ige in back-to-back fights, Emmett has emerged as a worthy contender at Featherweight. A win over Kattar could push him into a title shot.
A pivotal fight in the Featherweight division, this truly should be a great main event. Calvin Kattar is a solid striker, who is among the most polished and crafted in the division. With solid takedown defense and a never ending gas tank, Kattar can keep a hard pace for twenty-five minutes. Landing an absurd 144 significant strikes in his last fight, I’d except more or less the same should this fight go five rounds. In the other corner, you have a powerful striker in Emmett. With eleven knockdown in the last six fights, Emmett has the ability to change the complexion of a fight with one strike.
As for a prediction, I have Kattar winning. With good head movement and an ability to withstand punishment, I believe that Emmett is going to need a kitchen sink to put the Boston Strangler down. Obviously Emmett has a definitive power edge, but the technique and jab of Kattar should see him land more often. The later the fight goes too, the more it swings to the Massachusetts native, who has proven he can go a hard twenty-five. In the end, I see an entertaining battle. One that Kattar comes out on top, eventually scoring a late TKO finish.