Josh Emmett

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Wins in return from serious injury
FeatherweightUFC
December 11, 2021
Emmett defeated Dan Ige via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 269 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Now 36 years old and coming off a torn ACL, MCL and fractured femur in his left leg, Emmett looked quite good in his first fight since June 2020. He started extremely quickly, scoring a knockdown on Ige in the opening frame before his opponent got back into it. Emmett's pace and output dropped in the middle frame before he was able to rebound in Round 3. Emmett is an excellent boxer with legitimate fight-ending power, but he swings for the bleachers with every shot instead of simply trying to touch his opponent. It almost cost him here. The Sacramento native and Team Alpha Male product has won four in a row dating back to February 2018, and the UFC would be wise to continue to push Emmett heavily considering his advanced age.
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Set to fight at UFC 269
FeatherweightUFC
October 22, 2021
Emmett will face Dan Ige at UFC 269 in a featherweight event on Dec. 11, according to Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Emmett will return to the octagon before the end of the year just as he had hoped, as he suffered a complete ACL tear -- among other injuries -- in June 2020. He was expected to face Arnold Allen, but in the end, he'll take on Ige since Allen is rehabbing from a hand injury. Emmett has won three straight and five out of six bouts.
ACL tear confirmed
FeatherweightUFC
June 22, 2020
Emmett suffered a complete ACL tear, a partial MCL tear and a focal impact fracture to the femur of his left leg in his unanimous-decision win Saturday over Shane Burgos in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The fact this Emmett seemingly injured his knee early in the first round makes it all the more remarkable that he was able to hold on and finish with the victory. The win was his third straight, and he now holds a 16-2-0 MMA record. The 35-year-old old will almost certainly be on the shelf for the remainder of 2020 before honing in on a target date for his return to the Octagon.
Possibly injured in win over Burgos
FeatherweightUFC
June 20, 2020
Emmett defeated Shane Burgos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This could very easily go down as one of the most impressive performances in UFC history. Emmett injured his knee about 15 seconds into the fight. It's early, but Emmett's corner man (and former UFC fighter) Danny Castillo mentioned after the bout that he thinks Emmett may have tore his ACL. Either way, he was clearly hampered throughout the course of the fight and still took a clear-cut decision from an up-and-coming legitimate contender. Emmett let Burgos land the volume, but it was him who connected with the cleaner, harder strikes. He scored two knockdowns against his iron-chinned opponent, including a crucial overhand shot in Round 3. Emmett gets little respect at 145 pounds, but he's an excellent fighter. He needs to pray this knee injury isn't anything major because he is already 35 years old and can't afford to be sidelined for the nine months to a year that a torn ACL would cost him. On the bright side, he'll take home an extra $50,000 after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Booked for June 20
FeatherweightUFC
May 21, 2020
Emmett will take on Shane Burgos in a featherweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location on June 20, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Emmett was scheduled to compete in Raleigh, but withdrew in January for an unspecified reason. He'll instead draw a talented opponent in Shane Burgos as part of the UFC's run of events in June, with many likely to be held in Las Vegas. Emmett hasn't competed since last summer, but is riding a two-fight winning streak after taking out Mirsad Bektic in a Performance of the Night-winning effort. He'll be giving up five inches in both height and reach to Burgos, who is riding a three-fight winning streak of his own. Burgos has a major advantage in terms of striking volume, but Emmett has been better defensively, plus has the edge in takedown volume.
Pulls out of Raleigh fight
FeatherweightUFC
January 8, 2020
Emmett withdrew from his scheduled fight against Arnold Allen at UFC Raleigh on Wednesday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair had been scheduled to meet on Jan. 25, leaving Allen less than three weeks to find a replacement. Emmett reportedly suffered an injury during training, though the nature and severity of that injury are not yet clear.