Perspective: From top to bottom, the featherweight is a division as exciting as anyone because of the veteran talent balanced by the newcomers eager to make noise in the top 15. Although he is 35 years old, Josh Emmett found a bit of new life in the featherweight division. In five 145-pound fights, Emmett has four wins and three knockouts. His knockout back on Michael Johnson caused a sensation, especially after a year of absence due to an injury. Another impressive climber is Calvin Kattar. Three of his four UFC wins are by KO, and in his fight against Zabit Magomedsharipov, one of the enduring thoughts was that if the headlining bout lasted five rounds, Kattar was the one who carried momentum in the last two after pushing the pace in the third. The New Englander, 32, is a boxer as skillful as anyone in the division, and he has real size and power. As for two of the most established upward contenders, Arnold Allen and Sodiq Yusuff continue to pass the scheduled tests before them. Allen said the 26-year-old Briton was flawless in seven fights at the UFC and had to face Josh Emmett in his first test of the top 10 until Emmett retired from the fight. Instead, he brought home a hard-fought decision against Nik Lentz who showed his pace and technical strike ability, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets the chance. to prove that it is the real deal. Meanwhile, Yusuff continues to lead entertaining and winning battles. Victorious in his first four fights in the UFC, the 26-year-old Nigerian scored two knockouts in the first round and established himself as the real deal when he won a close decision against Andre Fili. Yusuff and Allen both won a top 15 and maybe even an opponent in the top 10, but given the depth of the division, any fight in the standings is an infallible tough fight.
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