Josh Emmett confident in the gas tank against Calvin Kattar
Josh Emmett is ready to go all five rounds if necessary against Calvin Kattar.
Emmett (17-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Kattar (23-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) face off in a high-stakes featherweight matchup at the UFC on ESPN 37 headliner on June 18. . In the UFC, Kattar has the advantage of experience having gone five rounds in his last three fights. Emmett, meanwhile, will headline his first octagon show but isn’t slowed down at any point in the fight.
“People have always said I’m going to stock up. Man, I got a great gas tank and I can go for days,” Emmett told MMA Junkie Radio. “I feel like after the fight is over too, I feel like I’m just starting to warm up, so I can go a few more rounds. I was a lightweight champion on a regional stage. I used to fight for the West Coast Fighting Championship, so I was slated for two championship fights.
“One of them didn’t go the distance, I think I finished the guy in the third round. The other guy, I think I finished him fifth or fourth, but yeah, that n ‘s never a problem for me. I push myself so hard in training, and I enjoy being tired because I know I’m going to be tired in the fight, so I put my all into all my workouts , and I push and push and push for more than 25 minutes, so I know 25 minutes won’t be a problem.
Kattar is often dubbed one of the best boxers in MMA, but Emmett, who has knocked out the lights of Ricardo Lamas, Mirsad Bektic and Michael Johnson, is also confident in his hands.
“I know Kattar has a great shot. He has skillful boxing. I think I have really good boxing too,” Emmett said. “I worked with my boxing trainer, Joey Rodriguez, for seven, eight years, something like that. Him and I, we’ve been working all year all this time. I’ve been to several boxing gyms, and a lot of boxing trainers, they think I’m a boxer, so Joey says, ‘No, he comes from a wrestling background.’
One thing Emmett will try to be wary of is not to get drawn into a shootout with Kattar, who has been in a few wars lately.
“He’s good everywhere,” Emmett said. “Some of his good attributes are he’s so tough, and he’s got that will to win and that heart, so he’s going to keep pushing forward. He’s always in the fight. He’s always dangerous. As far as I’m concerned, I just have to stick to my game plan. I just have to be present in the moment and stay calm.
“It’s a bit difficult when the fans go crazy. I feel like I’m feeding off the energy, so it speeds things up a bit more, but yeah, I have to be strategic in my game plan. I have to keep moving and implementing everything I’ve done in training and stuff like that, and I feel like if the best of me shows up on June 18, there’s nobody in the world who can beat me.