The UFC returns to our screens for another talent-stacked fight card with the promotion’s debut arrival to the Moody Center in Austin, Texas.
Top-ranked featherweight contenders Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett will meet in the center of the octagon for next weekend’s main event.
Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Kattar and Emmett, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC betting picks, predictions, and analysis.
Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett
UFC Featherweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 06:00 PM EDT at Moody Center
Calvin Kattar (23-5-0)
Following a twelve-month layoff after losing his title opportunity versus Max Holloway, Kattar returned earlier this year and derailed the hype train known as Giga Chikadze.
Most known for his crisp, technical, and precise boxing output, many are surprised to know that Kattar's martial arts tenure initially began on the wrestling mats.
We rarely get to witness the American native change levels because his main priority is to inflict damage with his fists.
A return fight against one of the top 135lb veterans won't be a simple task for Kattar – especially when his opponent can match his level of boxing - but he's undoubtedly the man for the challenge.
Calvin Kattar MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Fight of the Night (Four times)
Josh Emmett (17-2-0)
Team Alpha Male knockout artist Josh Emmett is finally returning to in-octagon action following a lackluster schedule the Arizona native has been on in recent years.
For how talented Emmett is, his four-fight win streak has been forgotten about due to his lack of activity since 2019.
With a mere two fights on his record in two and a half years, the 37-year-old steam roller has stunted his own progression and grown older in the meantime.
With that said, this shouldn’t overcloud the success that Emmett has owned at the elite level of professional MMA.
Since making his UFC debut in 2016, he’s garnered an 8-2 record inside the promotion with a small collection of brutal knockouts.
Emmett is primarily a striking; his bread in butter has often been found in his boxing skillset. For this reason, most people don’t realize he stems from a wrestling background and is also a no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt champion.
Josh Emmett MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Misrad Bektic
- UFC Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Shane Burgos
- WCF Lightweight Champion (One time)
UFC Pick: Josh Emmett (+205) with BetOnline
UFC Fight Night Austin Breakdown and Analysis
Kattar's greatest success comes inside the pocket, where he can unleash a violent boxing offense.
Traditional 1-2 combinations with a mixture of shots high and low can soon accumulate favoritism from the cage side judges.
How Can Kattar Defeat Emmett?
Although it would go against his usual style, Kattar should utilize his size advantage and attempt to stay on the outside more often than he usually does.
Emmett’s Fight Style
Boxing has been the reason for Emmett’s previous three UFC successes. He’s utilized no other skills in the cage for these bouts, and he’s notably trained in multiple gyms to reach an even higher level of striking.
How Can Emmett Defeat Kattar?
He loves it inside the pocket, and although we’ve seen Kattar welcome this approach in the past, he won’t want to stand and trade with Emmett in the danger zone for too long as the underdog's most significant path to victory.
Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett Betting Prediction
The available UFC odds at Bookmakers Review favor Kattar with a -230 moneyline price tag, and I believe this has a lot to do with age and speed.
Kattar should own a significant speed advantage, and he’s notably the younger fighter of the two.
However, Kattar’s durability has been second to none, and throughout five rounds, I don’t believe the underdog can keep up with the output of Kattar.
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