UFC on ESPN 37: Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 37 odds and lines between Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett, with MMA picks, tips and predictions.

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In a featherweight championship bout in the main event, Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett meet Saturday at UFC on ESPN 37 at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. Below, we analyze the UFC on ESPN 37 Kattar vs. Emmett odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

The fights can be viewed on ESPN+ with the prelims on ESPN/ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET and the main card on ESPN/ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET.

Kattar takes the walk to the octagon with a 5-inch height advantage and a 2-inch reach advantage. He also leads with a 5.19-to-4.28 significant strikes landed per minute advantage, while posting a 43.15% significant strikes accuracy advantage.

He bounced back with a unanimous-decision victory over Giga Chikadze in the main event in mid-January after a UD loss to Max Holloway in Jan. 2021. Three straight fights have ended up going the distance, while going all the way in 12 of his previous 16 professional bouts.

Emmett is a decisive underdog, but he enters as the hotter fighter with 4 consecutive victories. That includes a unanimous-decision win over Dan Ige at UFC 269, and also a KO win over Michael Johnson back in March 2019. While just 2 of his past 6 fights have gone the distance, 6 of his 10 fights overall at the UFC have required the judges to decide a victor.

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UFC on ESPN 37 Kattar vs. Emmett odds and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:15 a.m. ET.

  • Fight result (2-way line): Kattar -250 (bet $250 to win $100) | Emmett +190 (bet $100 to win $190)
  • Total Rounds Over 4.5 (-150) | Under 4.5 (+110)
  • Will the fight go the distance? Yes (-133) | No (-103)

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UFC on ESPN 37 Kattar vs. Emmett picks and predictions

Records: Kattar (23-5-0) | Emmett (17-2-0)

Fight result (2-way line or money line)

Kattar (-250) has all the physical advantages, and he leads in significant strikes landed per minute, too. The only advantage for Emmett (+190), and it’s a slight advantage, is his work in the ground game.

Still, playing Kattar with a risk of 2 1/2 times your potential return is just too much risk. Choose a method of victory, and roll with KATTAR BY POINTS (+120) at plus-money for a good value.

Over/Under (O/U)

YES (-133): FIGHT TO GO THE DISTANCE is the play here. Again, Kattar has not had a stoppage in 3 straight fights, while Emmett has ended up going all the way in 2 in a row and 6 of the past 10 outings.

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Breaking: 2023 4-star safety Kodi DeCambra commits to Oregon Ducks

Another one for the Ducks. 4-star safety Kodi DeCambra announced his commitment to Oregon, joining the 2023 class.

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The positive recruiting commitment for the Oregon Ducks is certainly continuing full-steam ahead, this time with a commitment from 4-star safety Kodi DeCambra.

DeCambra, a Bishop Gorman safety who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 player in Nevada, has been a continual presence in Eugene over the past six months, making several visits to the campus.

DeCambra is the No. 16 safety in the 2023 class, and the No. 214 player overall, according to 247Sports.

Related: Kodi DeCambra details visit, admiration for Oregon Ducks culture

The addition of DeCambra continues the positive momentum for the Ducks, who have added some talented players like 4-star WR Jurrion Dickey, 4-star WR Ashton Cozart, and 4-star RB Dante Dowdell in the past several weeks. The Ducks also had a booming spring, with 4-star WR Kyler Kasper reclassifying to the 2022 class after his commitment, as well as 5-star OT Josh Conerly’s commitment to Oregon.

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Former Vikings executive snubs Kirk Cousins in winning QB conversation

Not even a mention for Kirk Cousins.

Denver Broncos general manager George Paton knows a winner when he sees one.

It’s an undeniable quality in a quarterback that the former Minnesota Vikings executive has seen only twice in his career: once when the Vikings got Brett Favre as their quarterback and right now with Russell Wilson in Denver.

“There’s something different,” said Paton, when speaking with Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “I experienced that for one year, two years actually, when we got [Brett] Favre in Minnesota. I remember that first practice. Really, you knew it. It elevated everyone. And it didn’t just elevate the players. It elevated the people in the building, the work ethic, the accountability. We feel that here with Russ.”

Paton served in various roles w[jwplayer qAekXmEp]ith the Vikings before getting called up to the big job in Denver last January. His tenure in Minnesota had spanned for 14 years and included work as an assistant general manager, vice president of player personnel and director of player personnel.

So he’s seen every quarterback that has come and gone in that timeframe with the Vikings, and Favre was the only one he saw as a bonafide winner on the football field.

If you’re looking for a Kirk Cousins mention, you can stop cupping your ears already because his name wasn’t spoken. Florio even personally made note of it in his write-up from the interview:

“The fact that Paton didn’t experience that same feeling with the arrival of Kirk Cousins in 2018 is relevant to this conversation as well. Cousins is not a winner, at least not consistently and not in big games. And Paton, who was with the Vikings when Cousins arrived, apparently didn’t experience the same feeling when Cousins had his first practice in Minnesota.”

Some could make an argument that Cousins’ numbers actually look better than Favre’s when under center for the Vikings.

The Hall of Fame quarterback posted 4,202 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his best year with the team in 2009, while Cousins threw for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in just last season alone.

The numbers nearly mirror each other perfectly.

There’s also the fact that Favre’s Vikings had a top-10 defense, while Cousins’ defense couldn’t cover a twin-sized bed with a king-sized mattress. That argument alone is enough to create room for some pushback for Cousins’ enthusiasts.

But on the other side of the aisle, Cousins lacks signature moments and the overall ability to galvanize the players around him. Wilson has helped lead the Seattle Seahawks to multiple playoff appearances, despite the team hemorrhaging yards on a weekly basis in some seasons.

Why hasn’t Cousins been able to do the same in the last two seasons with the Vikings?

Paton knows all too well what it feels like to be in the shoes of general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell. He didn’t see the same player or situation with Cousins as he saw with Favre over 12 years ago.

If he’s right, the Vikings are wasting their time kicking the can on Cousins’ bloated contract, hoping for change at some point. If not, however, the team should find a way to at least be competitive in 2022.

Considering all of the moves the team made in the front office, free agency and the draft, the Vikings are all out of excuses now.

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Bo Nix ranks among most impactful transfer QBs in all of college football

Where does Bo Nix rank among the best transfer QBs in the nation this season?

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It isn’t officially Bo Nix’s job yet, but all indications after the Oregon spring game seem to be that the former Auburn Tigers’ QB will be the Ducks’ starter when the 2022 season starts this fall.

If that is the case, and neither Ty Thompson nor Jay Butterfield can supplant him this summer, the Ducks will be deploying yet another transfer QB as their starter, which follows along with a growing trend that we’ve seen over the years. Last year it was Anthony Brown, a Boston College transfer. A few years before that, it was Dakota Prukop (Montana State) or Vernon Adams (Eastern Washington.) Some of those worked out for Oregon, others didn’t.

Fortunately for the Ducks, the transfer for Bo Nix is being held in a pretty good light, with On3 ranking it as one of the most impactful QB transfers in all of college football this season.

Unsurprisingly, USC’s Caleb Williams is at the top of the list after an impressive freshman season with the Oklahoma Sooners. A couple of other notable names ahead of Nix are Quinn Ewers (Ohio State to Texas), Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma to South Carolina), Jaxson Dart (USC to Ole Miss), and Cameron Ward (Incarnate Word to Washington State).

We’ll see if Nix can put together a season with the Ducks that has him among the top QBs in the nation after all is said and done, but it’s clear going into the year that Oregon did well for themselves in the transfer portal and, should he get the starting job, have a real chance to compete with Nix.

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Oregon DB Daymon David enters the transfer portal following spring football

Oregon CB Daymon David is entering the transfer portal. Significant depth hit for the Ducks at a position where they can’t afford it.

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The Oregon Ducks took a hit to the depth chart on Thursday afternoon, with cornerback Daymon David entering the transfer portal, per On3’s Matt Zenitz.

David, who played in three games last season for the Ducks, was sidelined for much of spring football with an injury. He is a former four-star recruit who totaled three tackles in 2021.

The loss of David is certainly a hit to Oregon’s secondary, where they are already thin as it is. This spring, projected starting CB Dontae Manning suffered a leg injury that held him out of the spring game, and Trikweze Bridges was moved from CB to safety in the offseason as well.

While the Ducks did add former Colorado CB Christian Gonzalez via the transfer portal this offseason, there was a thought that they might try and add some more depth through the portal this spring. Instead, it appears that one of their defensive backs is choosing to leave the program.

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Dillon Brooks suspended one game for flagrant foul against Gary Payton II

Dillon Brooks has been suspended following the flagrant 2 foul that left Gary Payton II with a fractured elbow.

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No matter what level they play is on, Ducks and Beavers don’t seem to be able to get along.

That idea was cemented earlier this week when former Oregon legend Dillon Brooks was ejected from the Memphis Grizzlies playoff game against the Golden State Warriors after a hard foul led to former Oregon State Beaver great Gary Payton II breaking his elbow.

Brooks’ foul drew a lot of ire from NBA Twitter, and it has now left him with a one-game suspension that will be served on Friday night as the Grizzlies and Warriors get set to play Game 3 back in the Bay Area.

After Brooks’ foul, some claimed it was dirty and deserved a multi-game suspension. Others waved it off as a hard foul that was worthy of a flagrant 2 ejection, but nothing more.

In the end, Brooks will have to sit for a pivotal third game of the series, with things knotted up at 1-1. As one of the more important players in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies, his absence with surely be felt.

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Oregon Ducks fall out of the running for Memphis transfer Emoni Bates

5-star SF Emoni Bates considered coming to Eugene out of high school, but the Ducks are out of the running to land the Memphis transfer.

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About a year ago when 5-star forward Emoni Bates was making his college decision, fans of the Oregon Ducks were hoping that he would come to Eugene to team up with Dana Altman and Co.

As the No. 5 overall player in the 2021 class, Bates was down to a final list of Memphis, Oregon, Michigan State, and entering the G-League. He ended up choosing the Tigers, but Duck fans’ ears perked up this past month when Bates announced that he would be entering the transfer portal and looking for a new school in 2022.

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He considered Oregon once, might he consider them again?

Apparently, the answer is no. Bates cut his list of transfer destinations down to 6 this past week, with the Ducks out of the mix.

Of course, if you were attuned to Oregon Twitter at all, you would have gotten a sense that the Ducks may not be in the running for Bates, according to incoming 5-star recruit Dior Johnson.

Johnson seemed to be onto something. In the end, Altman will continue to scour the transfer portal and try to add some talent to what already looks like a pretty impressive roster in Eugene. After a frustrating end to the 2021-22 season, things are looking up for the Ducks as they eye a trip to the NCAA Tournament next March.

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Noah Sewell lands with New England Patriots in latest ESPN 2023 mock draft

Noah Sewell in a Bill Belichick-led Patriots defense? That’s something we can get behind.

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Oregon fans feel pretty confident that linebacker Noah Sewell is going to keep the Ducks’ streak of first-round draft picks alive and well in 2023, but it’s unclear where he might go in that first round.

Some ambitious fans are proclaiming that he’s going to have such a great junior season in Eugene under Dan Lanning that his stock will rise to a top-10 player, which is relatively rare for an inside linebacker. Others see him going later, landing with an established playoff team that needs a little bit of help in the middle of the defense.

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According to ESPN’s Todd McShay, who released his first 2023 mock draft on Thursday, the answer is somewhere in the middle. McShay has Sewell going to the New England Patriots with the No. 15 overall pick in the draft.

The brother of 2021 first-rounder Penei Sewell, Noah Sewell can impact multiple areas of the game. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound linebacker had 110 tackles, four sacks and six pass breakups last season. And the Patriots are still looking for a leader in the middle of their defense.

Landing on a Bill Belichick-led defense as a rookie seems like a pretty prime place for Sewell, who has all of the intangibles to be an NFL great should he fit into the system. As one of the best defensive minds in the history of the NFL, you can feel comfortable that Belichick would utilize Sewell in the right way and get the most out of his talents.

Sewell was the only Oregon player to be listed in the 2023 mock draft, but that’s something that may change over the next 8-10 months or so. We know that, should Justin Flowe stay healthy and show more of what he can do, he will likely head to the NFL, and there are a number of incredibly talented defensive linemen like Brandon Dorlus, DJ Johnson, and Keyon Ware-Hudson who Lanning and Tosh Lupoi could turn into first-round picks as well.

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Breaking: 4-star WR Jurrion Dickey commits to Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s 2023 recruiting class is taking shape. 4-star WR Jurrion Dickey — the No. 8 WR in 2023 — is going to be a Duck.

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A blue-chip player has joined the Oregon Ducks 2023 recruiting class.

On Monday evening, 4-star wide receiver Jurrion Dickey announced that he will be committing to the Ducks and heading to Eugene to play his college ball. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 8 WR in the 2023 class, and the No. 59 player overall.

Just last week, Dickey released a top-5 that included Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Penn State. However, it has been felt that he was strongly leaning towards the Ducks for some time now, with multiple Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports landing him at Oregon.

The Ducks don’t have a loaded incoming class just yet, but they are still early in the cycle. So far in the 2023 class, Oregon has commitments from 4-star DB Cole Martin, and 3-star DL Tevita Pome’e. With the addition of Dickey, Oregon now jumps up to No. 35 in the national recruiting rankings, just behind Alabama and Arizona.

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Oregon center N’Faly Dante announces return for 2022 season

N’Faly Dante is back for another year with the Ducks. A front court of him and 5-star C Kel’el Ware is going to be fun to watch.

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The Oregon Ducks got some big news on Monday morning, with center N’Faly Dante announcing on social media that he plans to return to Eugene for the 2022 season rather than test the NBA draft waters.

This news was somewhat expected after Dont’e had a great year back from injury in 2021, but now it is confirmed.

The return of Dante is a major piece for Oregon, who has 5-star center Kel’el Ware coming to Eugene this summer. Putting him with Dante, while hoping that former 5-star center Nate Bittle can further develop, is something that Oregon fans have to look forward.

On top of what potential lineups can be, it’s also good new for Oregon after the recent transfer of center Franck Kepnang, who announced his commitment to Washington last week. Oregon also got word that guard Rivaldo Soares will be returning in 2022 as well, while Will Richardson and Quincy Guerrier test the NBA draft waters.

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