From striking to grappling, Jamall Emmers showed off his full skillset in his victory against Vincent Cachero at UFC Vegas 5.
Jamall Emmers was all set to fight highly touted newcomer and PFL veteran Timur Valiev at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday night. However, in what has become a theme for the event, Valiev was forced off the card, with the news breaking late Thursday. That gave the UFC very little time to find a replacement, but they found a game fighter in Vincent Cachero, who made weight successfully Friday morning for the featherweight tussle.
While Cachero was the newcomer, both fighters were looking for their first win inside the octagon.
We open round one with a leg kick from Cachero. Emmers continued to slip around the cage as Cachero pushed him against the cage with his tempo. Emmers landed a strong knee in the clinch as the two broke. Cachero landed a strong right hand but Emmers continued forward. Half way through the round Emmers was hit with a low blow and given time to recover. Emmers landed a big right hook as the round returned to action. Cachero continued his pressure but the difficulty of Emmers’ length proved difficult as Emmers landed knees in the Thai clinch. Towards the end of the round Emmers landed another knee followed by a big jab that landed flush. Emmers ended the round on top in dominant position.
To start round two, Cachero landed a couple strong leg kicks. Emmers wobbled Cachero with a beautiful combination that somehow didn’t force Cachero to fall to the ground. Emmers took down Cachero and followed with the clinch. Cachero had taken some legitimate damage as Emmers continued to land with his hooks and jabs. Cachero had slowed down with the strong leg kicks we saw earlier in the round. Emmers met Cachero in the middle of the cage to close out the round before landing a takedown.
In the third and final round, Cachero again began with a strong showing and stuffed a takedown of Emmers. Not for long, as Emmers took the fight to the ground with an immediate takedown after being stuffed moments earlier. Emmers had stayed busy on the ground with a few submission attempts, but Cachero got back to his feet. Cachero stuffed yet another takedown attempt from Emmers with under two minutes remained in the round. The clinch broke and Emmers landed a strong knee before yet again taking Cachero down to the ground. With 30 seconds remaining, Emmers still looked for the rear-naked choke finish, but the will of Cachero took this one to the judges.
Jamall Emmers def. Vincent Cachero by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)