Josh Emmett

USA

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 6/22/2021
ACL tear confirmed
FeatherweightUFC
Out
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.
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Possibly injured in win over Burgos
FeatherweightUFC
Out
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
Out
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
Out
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.
Set to fight in January
FeatherweightUFC
Out
November 27, 2019
Emmett will meet Arnold Allen in the Octagon when the two face off against one another at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25, Alexander K. Lee of mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It was announced Wednesday morning that Emmett will put his win streak on the line in January when he takes on Arnold Allen (15-1) at UFC Raleigh. Emmett has won four of his last five fights with three of those victories coming by way of knockout. His opponent won't be an easy test as Allen has won both of his fights this year and has yet to lose in any of his six UFC fights thus far.
Takes out Mirsad Bektic
FeatherweightUFC
Out
July 13, 2019
Emmett defeated Mirsad Bektic via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
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.