In June’s main event at UFC on ESPN 37, Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) was defeated by Emmett (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) via split decision. It was a battle he was certain to triumph in.
“I definitely felt like I did enough to win that one,” Kattar told reporters.
“The meet-and-greet fan expo thing, I’m kind of sick of hearing it from everybody, too. But it’s good to understand that they saw it the way I did.”
Before losing to Emmett, Kattar had just beaten up-and-comer Giga Chikadze. Yair Rodriguez defeated Brian Ortega through first-round technical knockout in a showdown between two of the division’s top five fighters in July, but the result hasn’t clarified much about who stands at the top.
“It’s a little all over the place,” Kattar said. “(It’s) unfortunate the way that one went down, I think, for both guys. It started off pretty good. I was excited to see that one finish the right way for whoever won it. But now you’ve got Josh sitting in the background. Yeah, it’s just tough man. I felt like a win over him might put me obviously one step closer, so (I’m) trying to do my part to stay ready.
“I thought I did enough in that last one and I feel like that would have put me in a good position to whatever is going to happen next. It’s kind of at a weird standstill, so who knows what that next play is going to be. But all I can do now is put all my energy into that next one and whoever that’s going to be (and) go make that case for why. If I think I’m that guy, it’s just a little bit of a bump in the road and I’m still going to get to where I need to be.”
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