The 37-year-old Team Alpha Male product emerged from his five-round clash against Calvin Qatar with a split triumph at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, but he believes his performance justifies a more definite result.
“I thought he was going to fuck,” Emmett told a news conference after Saturday’s match. “I thought I won four [rounds] to one. I had four to one. At least three to two, and when they broke up, I said to myself, “Come on.” But it worked out in my favor. ”
While Qatar had a 130-107 advantage on significant shots, Emmett seems to have landed with more impact during the match. Emmett says a weaker fighter could not take some of the blows the way Qatar did.
“Calvin Qatar is a dog, “said Emmett. “As I told you guys, I was ready for a 25-minute war. He’s a hell of a tough guy. Usually when I hit people with these big blows to the head or body, they don’t stand there and he was right in the mix, coming forward with those elbows and knees. He has a slippery slope. I was so well prepared. My coaches, everyone, this is our time. ”
While most of the scorecards in the media preferred Qatar, Emmett had a very clear idea of which rounds he won. The difference, he says, is the strength behind the blows he inflicts.
“The second [round] it was close, “Emmett said. “We gave it to him, but I thought I won three, four and five. He was just striking that blow, and then I was striking more powerful blows that supported him. Nothing but respect for him, his coaches and his teammates. “
Emmett’s first win in five rounds extended his overall UFC winning streak to five at 145 pounds, and he believes that’s enough to make him next in line for the welterweight title. Nevertheless, he plans to attend when Alexander Volkanovsky and Max Holloway faced UFC 276 for the third time.
“I want this shot,” Emmett said. “Not 2 and 3 boys are phenomenal fighters. They fought the best boys, Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovsky. We need new blood in the division and I know I can compete with them. I am the best light heavyweight on this planet and I am ready. I want to sit on the side of the cage in two weeks to see who I will fight next. “
In the ideal world of Emmett Volkanowski would improve to 3-0 against Holloway to prepare the stage for the championship clash further.
“So I think that confirms who is the best. It doesn’t matter, but Volkanovski is a phenomenal champion, “said Emmett. “He’s in a series of 20 battles and I think he and I get along very well.”