Calvin Kattar says Josh Emmett's similar style will make for a "guaranteed banger" when the ranked featherweights meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Emmett. Their showdown, which will see the winner move closer to his first title shot, headlines the main UFC fight card (7 p.m. ET) from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The No. 4-ranked Kattar told the media this week that he has never turned down a fight offer from the UFC and knew what to expect when he agreed to take on the No. 7-ranked Emmett, who, like Kattar, comes forward from the opening bell and often finds himself in action-packed brawls.
Kattar is a -220 favorite ($220 to win $100), while Emmett is offered at +190 (risk $100 to win $190) in the latest UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Emmett odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, lightweight veterans take the spotlight when Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (-170) meets Joe Lauzon (+150). Before locking in any picks of your own for UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Emmett, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine combat expert Andrew Gombas.
With more than 1,400 picks tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a six percent return on investment for his followers. Over the past two years, his followers have netted a profit of more than $10,000.
Just last week at UFC 275, Gombas swept the board with his main-card picks and the five-fight sweep included advising SportsLine members to back Jake Matthews (+125) against Andre Fialho (-145) in a matchup of welterweight prospects. Matthews dominated from the opening bell and scored a second-round stoppage to provide Gombas' backers with another easy winner. Anyone who has followed Gombas already has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Emmett (see tickets at StubHub) in sight, Gombas has studied the card from every angle and released his top MMA picks. Those picks are only available at SportsLine.
UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Emmett preview, guide
The winner of Saturday's main event will gain serious leverage toward a title shot in a featherweight division that is about to see significant movement and clarity. Champion Alexander Volkanovski is headed toward a trilogy against former titleholder Max Holloway next month. What's more, second-ranked Brian Ortega is set to face third-ranked Yair Rodriguez in July. Thus, either Kattar or Emmett will be in line for a title-eliminator at worst and could be chosen to fight for the belt next.
Kattar (23-5) is a five-year UFC veteran who has gone 7-3 in 10 appearances with the promotion while facing upper-tier opponents from the outset. He became well-known to many MMA observers for his resilience in a lopsided loss to Holloway in a main event in January of last year. The 34-year-old Boston native bounced back with a dominant victory over rising Giga Chikadze in January as 2-1 underdog.
Kattar is bound to face plenty of resistance from Emmett (17-2), a six-year UFC veteran who has gone 8-2 in 10 outings against top-shelf opposition. The 37-year-old is coming off a decision victory against rugged veteran Dan Ige last December.
The fighters not only have similar records, but both are known for their durability, fearlessness and high-volume striking. You can only see who to back at UFC Fight Night here.
UFC Fight Night predictions
We'll share one of Gombas' UFC Fight Night predictions here: He is supporting Guram Kutateladze (+140) to pull the upset of Damir Ismagulov (-160) in a matchup of explosive lightweight prospects.
Kutateladze (12-2) will enter the Octagon on a nine-fight winning streak that included dominant performances in promotions such as Brave CF and Superior Challenge. The 30-year-old Georgian fighter made a memorable UFC debut last October when he earned a split decision over fellow prospect Mateusz Gamrot in an action-packed battle.
Ismagulov (20-1) is a coveted prospect who has won 15 consecutive MMA fights, including a 6-0 run through the M1 promotion and his first four UFC appearances. The 31-year-old Russian fighter is coming off a decision win over veteran Rafael Alves in May of last year.
"Kutateladze has been off for a bit, so it's possible he has improved while training with (No. 3-ranked welterweight contender) Khamzat Chimaev. I don't see many holes in Kutateladze's game and think he is going to be a problem in this division," Gombas told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night picks
Gombas also has strong picks for Kattar vs. Emmett and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing a fighter who "has been way more active" to cruise to a dominant victory. Those UFC Fight Night picks are only available at SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night odds, fight card, betting lines
Calvin Kattar (-220) vs. Josh Emmett (+190)
Donald Cerrone (-170) vs. Joe Lauzon (+150)
Kevin Holland (-275) vs. Tim Means (+235)
Jasmin Jasudavicius (-255) vs. Natalia Silva (+215)
Gregory Rodrigues (-170) vs. Julian Marquez (+150)
Cody Stamann (-500) vs. Eddie Wineland (+400)
Gloria De Paula (-250) vs. Maria Oliveira (+210)
Ricardo Ramos (-300) vs. Danny Chavez (+250)
Adrian Yanez (-270) vs. Tony Kelley (+230)
Court McGee (-125) vs. Jeremiah Wells (+105)
Phil Hawes (-280) vs. Deron Winn (+240)
Kyle Daukaus (-250) vs. Roman Dolidze (+210)
Damir Ismagulov (-160) vs. Guram Kutateladze (+140)
Albert Duraev (-240) vs. Joaquin Buckley (+200)