Josh Emmett edges past Calvin Kattar, demands shot at UFC featherweight title

Josh Emmett's case for a UFC featherweight title shot got a lot stronger on Saturday

as he picked up a split decision over Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas.

Emmett (18-2) attacked Kattar (23-6) with winging right hands and body shots over the course of a back-and-forth five-round fight.

All three judges' scorecards were close.

Two officials awarded the 145-pound fight 48-47 to Emmett, who went in as the betting underdog. A third saw it 48-47 for Kattar.

Although the fight was undoubtedly close, producing a wide range of fan scores on social media

Emmett said he was confident about the result

"I thought I had it four [rounds] to one," Emmett said. "I believe [a title shot should be next].

Saturday's contest basically played out like a boxing match, as neither featherweight looked to utilize leg kicks or takedowns.

Kattar's best weapon was his jab, which he consistently landed throughout the fight.

In the fifth, Emmett pick and chose his spots and blitzed Kattar with combinations, while Kattar tried to keep things at a distance to land his jab.