Jamall Emmers
Pretty Boy

USA

Wins decision as heavy favorite
FeatherweightUFC
August 1, 2020
Emmers defeated Vincent Cachero via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN+ 31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Emmers ate a couple shots at a distance early, but he excelled in the clinch, scoring the most damaging shots of the round to the body of Cachero. After some time off in the halfway point of the first due to a groin shot, Emmers continued to land with powerful shots that included a straight right hand and several additional knees. He finished the round with a takedown to presumably secure it in the eyes of the judges. While Cachero appeared game early in the second, Emmers quickly ended that with an uppercut and several additional power shots. Emmers took Cachero to that mat two minutes in and poured on some ground-and-pound, but Cachero got back to his feet. It was more of the same on the feet, and once again, Emmers finished the round with a takedown. In Round 3, the Emmers used his significantly-larger frame to his advantage, securing another takedown early and attempting a kimura. Cachero got back to his feet, but it didn't last particularly long, with Emmers collecting another takedown with just over a minute remaining. He got to the back of Cachero and threatened with a choke, but ultimately ran out of time. It was a convincing performance from the (-525) betting favorite, even though Emmers was unable to get the finish.
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Could fight Saturday after all
FeatherweightUFC
July 31, 2020
Emmers is in line to take on Vincent Cachero as a late notice-replacement for Timur Valiev (undisclosed) at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Emmers will have to deal with a late opponent change, but he'll hold a decent size advantage over Cachero, who competes primarily at bantamweight. Cachero has also lost two of his last three fights under the banner of LFA. Emmers had originally been a (+145) betting underdog for the Valiev matchup, but there's a strong chance he enters as the favorite when sportsbooks catch up to this announcement.
Loses original opponent
FeatherweightUFC
July 31, 2020
Emmers will no longer take on Timur Valiev at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
With Valiev being forced to withdraw the day before weigh-ins due to undisclosed reasons, the UFC is now looking to book a new opponent for Emmers on short notice. That opponent is rumored to be newcomer Vincent Cachero, though the UFC has yet to confirm this announcement. Emmers would go from a betting underdog of (+145) to likely a sizable betting favorite, making him a good source of line value in daily formats where his price would presumably remain unchanged. Stay tuned for updates on what projects to be an evolving situation.
Fight booked for August 1
FeatherweightUFC
July 20, 2020
Emmers will take on Timur Valiev at the UFC event on August 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Emmers will be making his first appearance since losing via split decision to Giga Chikadze in early March. He will look to avoid an 0-2 start to his UFC career.
Split decision loss in UFC debut
FeatherweightUFC
March 7, 2020
Emmers lost to Giga Chikadze via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was the rare split decision that could have legitimately gone either way. Emmers' best round was the third but that still wasn't enough to put him over the top. Statistically, one would argue Emmers deserved a better fate. He finished with a 57-40 edge in total strikes landed and scored the only two successful takedowns of the fight. Emmers had all sorts of success on the regional circuit before signing with the UFC last month. The 30-year-old will be back in action in short order.
Gets new opponent
FeatherweightUFC
February 26, 2020
Emmers will face Giga Chikadze at UFC 248 on March 7, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Emmers was originally booked to fight Movsar Evloev, but Evloev was removed from the card for unknown reasons. His new opponent, Chikadze, is in the midst of a three-fight winning streak, including his UFC debut over Brandon Davis is September.