AUSTIN, Texas – Josh Emmett wants next.
The UFC featherweight contender is hoping to get the next title shot in the division following his most recent win in the octagon on Saturday night. Emmett (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) defeated Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) in a Fight of the Night performance in the main event of UFC on ESPN 37.
The win over Kattar put Emmett on a five-fight unbeaten run. The 37-year-old believes it’s time the UFC comes calling for a title shot.
“I want that shot,” Emmett told reporters at the UFC on ESPN 37 post-fight press conference. “The No. 2 and 3 guys are phenomenal fighters. They fought the top guys, Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski. We need some new blood in the division and I know I can compete with them. I’m the best featherweight on this planet, and I’m ready. I want to be sitting cage side in two weeks to see who I’m fighting next.”
Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway are scheduled to fight at UFC 276 on July 2. It’s a trilogy bout, given they’ve fought twice prior, which Volkonovski won both by decision.
Emmett is down to fight either but does feel a fight with Volkanovski would carry more significance.
“It doesn’t really matter, they’re both phenomenal fighters, some of the best featherweights of all time,” Emmett said. “But the way I do see it though, if Volkanovski wins, he solidifies himself as the GOAT for now. If Max were to win, I know Volkanovski won the first one, and it was decisive, but the second one was a little controversial. It was super close, it could’ve gone either way.
“So I think this solidifies who is the best. It doesn’t really matter, but Volkanovski is a phenomenal champion. He’s on a 20-fight something win streak and I think him and I match up really well.”