Josh Emmett


Takes out Mirsad Bektic
July 13, 2019
Emmett defeated Mirsad Bektic via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
Quite a moment from Emmett in his hometown of Sacramento. Known for his massive power at 145 pounds, Emmett clipped Bektic with what appeared to be a short, straight left jab and that one shot was enough to turn the tide of the fight and lead to the finish just moments later. Emmett's tendency to get into brawls is concerning -- you can't be the best in the world if you don't fight scientifically -- but his ability to do damage with his hands is undeniable. Now, 4-1 in his last five fights and sporting a 6-2 record in the UFC, Emmett is quickly racing up the featherweight rankings. The quick stoppage also earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
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To square off against Mirsad Bektic
May 26, 2019
Emmett will face Mirsad Bektic in a featherweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13, freelance journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
Emmett is coming off a victory against Michael Johnson on March 30, notching his third winning decision over his last four bouts. Emmett will look to make it two straight at UFC Sacramento against Bektic, who's secured two straight victories of his own. Entering this matchup, Emmett sports the advantage in volume striking, while Bektic is a bit better defensively on his feet. Bektic is able to avoid heated striking exchanges with his wrestling, averaging 3.59 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. Emmett, on the other hand, defends takedowns at a sub-par rate of 50 percent, though it's worth noting he hasn't been taken down in any of his last three fights.
Scores one-punch KO of Michael Johnson
March 30, 2019
Emmett defeated Michael Johnson via KO (punch) at 4:14 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Emmett could have easily found himself $50,000 richer after that performance, but Dana White instead awarded performance bonuses to Paul Craig and Jack Hermansson. Fighting for the first time in more than 13 months due to multiple orbital injuries, it took Emmett more than 14 minutes to find his range. Once he did, he knocked out Johnson with one monster right hand. Emmett is a big, strong featherweight and he's generally durable. The 34-year-old product of Team Alpha Male improves his record to 5-2 in the UFC. Emmett is going to be given another significant opponent his next time out.
Draws Michael Johnson in Philly
February 28, 2019
Emmett (orbital) will take on Michael Johnson in a featherweight matchup at UFC Philadelphia on March 30, reports.
Emmett last saw the cage over a year ago when he lost a controversial fight to Jeremy Stephens in which he suffered a fractured orbital bone. Following an unsuccessful appeal and some time on the sidelines, he'll return to face Johnson, the winner of two straight. Johnson is a former lightweight that missed weight in his last featherweight bout, but it's at least a little excusable due to the short-notice nature of the fight. There is a distinct size difference between these two men, with Johnson owning four-inch height and three-inch reach advantages. Emmett had won four of his first five UFC bouts prior to the Stephens loss, though each of his first four fights went to the judges. He does have a first-round stoppage win against Ricardo Lamas, showing the 33-year-old fighter has a decent ceiling.
Suffers fractured orbital bone
February 25, 2018
Emmett suffered multiple fractures to his orbital bone in Saturday's controversial loss to Jeremy Stephens, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
It was all looking good for Emmett when he recorded a knockdown in the first round, but Stephens ultimately survived, and recorded a brutal finish in the second. In addition to Emmett potentially receiving some illegal knees and elbows -- which he ultimately decided to use to appeal the decision -- it appears some mandatory time on the shelf will be handed down by the Florida State Boxing Commission. The illegal shots were not directly responsible for the injury, though they may have played a role in setting up the fight-finishing blows. It will be an interesting couple months ahead for the featherweight, who will nurse his injuries while awaiting a ruling on the appeal.
To appeal UFC Orlando loss
February 25, 2018
Emmett will appeal Saturday's loss to Jeremy Stephens with the Florida State Boxing Commission, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Emmett was finished in the second round by Stephens at the Orlando event, but there were several questions about the legality of some of the strikes thrown during Stephens' fight-finishing sequence. Though a legal left hook floored Emmett and did most of the damage, Stephens followed up with multiple elbows that appeared to land on the back of Emmett's head. From there, he threw a knee while Emmett was grounded that appears to have just grazed his head. The fight was eventually finished with legal elbows, but it's the sequence leading up to said finish that will be subject to review. Replay will likely confirm that there were illegal shots thrown, but since referee Dan Miragliotta did not find them egregious enough to stop the fight while it was happening, it's unclear if Emmett will have a case. Should the appeal be successful, the most likely outcome is that the fight would be changed to a no-contest, and Emmett would have the loss erased from his record.