Josh Emmett won his 5th straight match, Holland won vs Means

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Josh Emmett won his 5th straight match, Holland won vs Means

Calvin Kattar (23-6-0, 7-4 UFC) and Josh Emmett (18-2-0, 9-2 UFC) clashed in the main fight of the evening. It was a match between the fourth-ranked (Kattar) and the seventh-ranked (Emmett) challenger in the lightweight category, and the lower-ranked one celebrated.

A good and high-quality stand-up show was expected from these two fighters, and that's exactly what we got. Although they both possess knockout power, the match went to the very end, and after five rounds, Josh Emmett celebrated with a split refereeing decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47).

“There’s a huge title fight in two weeks. I want to be sitting cageside to see who I’m fighting next,” Emmett said in the cage. “Dana (White), give me my shot”. said Emmett after the victory, which was not an easy one.

It was a very tight match that could easily have gone on both sides. Many fans on social media say that this is a "theft" and that Kattar deserved to win, but the fact is that such outcomes still can not be called "theft"

This is the fifth consecutive victory for Emmett, and after the victories over Dan Ige and Shane Burgos, Emmett made an additional step forward. The fight for the title seems more and more realistic, but he may need another victory.

In the title fight of the evening, we were supposed to watch the showdown between Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon, but Lauzon canceled the match due to a knee injury. So Tim Means (32-13-1, 12-8 UFC, 1 NC) and Kevin Holland (23-7-0, 1 NC, 10-4 UFC) got a chance to perform in the "co-main" event.

Kevin Holland dropped into the welterweight division in the third month of this year, after recording two consecutive defeats in the middleweight division (Brunson, Vettori) and a "no contest" against Kyle Daukaus.

Of the other fights of the evening, it is worth noting the great performance of Joaquin Buckley, who dominated the match against Albert Duraev from the very beginning, and then finished it with a technical knockout in the third round.

Damir Ismagulov and Guram Kutateladze had a very tense match in the lightweight category, and Ismagulov registered the victory with a split referee's decision. Gregory Rodrigues knocked out Julian Marquez in the first round, while Adrian Yanez punished Tony Kelley the same way who was the only one to fall on the scales ahead of this event.

UFC on ESPN 37 - results:

The main part of the event:

  • Josh Emmett def. Calvin Kattar via split judge's decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
  • Kevin Holland def. Tim Means via submission (D’Arce choke) - R2, 1:28
  • Joaquin Buckley def.

    Albert Duraev via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) - R3, 0:10

  • Damir Ismagulov def. Guram Kutateladze via split judge's decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Gregory Rodrigues def. Julian Marquez via KO - R1, 3:18
  • Adrian Yanez def.

    Tony Kelley via TKO - R1, 3:49

Preliminary part of the event:
  • Natalia Silva def. Jasmine Jasudavicius via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jeremiah Wells def. Court McGee via KO (punch) - R1, 1:34
  • Ricardo Ramos def.

    Daniel Chavez via KO - R1, 1:12

  • Maria Oliveira def. Gloria de Paula via split judge's decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Cody Stamann def. Eddie Wineland via TKO - R1, 0:59
  • Phil Hawes def. Deron Winn via TKO (elbows) - R2, 4:25
  • Roman Dolidze def. Kyle Daukaus via KO (knee, punches) - R1, 1:13