Josh Emmett



Quick, brutal knockout victory
December 16, 2023
Emmett defeated Bryce Mitchell via KO (punch) at 1:57 of Round 1 at UFC 296 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Emmett obviously deserves high marks for his performance, but he also deserves credit for accepting this fight against a very talented foe after his originally scheduled opponent Giga Chikadze withdrew roughly 10 days ago. Emmett will be 39 years of age in early-March, but he hits about as hard as any featherweight in recent memory, as Mitchell found out here. One Emmett right hand not only knocked Bryce out cold, but sent him into convulsions. Thankfully, he appeared to fully recover. As for Emmett, he snaps a brief two-fight losing streak and keeps his name in the conversation at 145 pounds. He'll also take home a well-deserved, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
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Gets new opponent
December 6, 2023
Emmett will now fight Bryce Mitchell at UFC 296 on Dec. 16, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Emmett's original opponent, Giga Chikadze, was forced to withdraw due to a groin injury. Emmett may be able to take advantage of the fact Mitchell will be fighting on short notice, though Emmett is still on a two-fight losing streak, while Mitchell has lost just one of eight fights in his UFC career.
Opponent backs out
December 4, 2023
Emmett will no longer take on Giga Chikadze (undisclosed) at UFC 296, reports.
Emmett's opponent, Chikadze, had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. It remains to be seen if Emmett will get a new opponent in time for the event on Dec. 16.
Scheduled against Chikadze
October 18, 2023
Emmett will compete against Giga Chikadze in a featherweight fight at UFC 296 in Paradise on Dec. 16, according to Aaron Bronsteter of
Emmett will have the opportunity to end his 2023 on a positive note. He submitted to Yair Rodriguez during their fight for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 284. Emmett was then fed to undefeated prospect Ilia Topuria, who did not give a single round to his older counterpart during their fight at UFC on ABC 5. But by defeating a once-out-of-form featherweight in Chikadze, Emmett could be back on track.
Epic display of toughness in loss
June 24, 2023
Emmett lost to Ilia Topuria via unanimous decision (44-50, 42-50, 45-49) at UFC on ABC 5 on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.
It was one of the great displays of toughness you will ever see inside the Octagon. As the scores indicate, Emmett was pounded by Topuria from bell to bell. It appeared as if he was going to be finished off on multiple occasions, most notably late in Round 4, a frame in which he absorbed a whopping 56 total strikes from his opponent. Emmett or his corner would have been well within their rights to pull the plug at any time, and no one would have thought any less of either. He was able to finish the one-sided fight, however, and his heart was at least rewarded in the form of a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus after the show. Emmett is an excellent featherweight with real stopping power in his hands, but he also turned 38 years of age in early March and has dealt with multiple serious injuries in the past. Emmett has some quality wins on his resume (Calvin Kattar, Dan Ige, Shane Burgos, etc.) during his time with the UFC, but it's a stretch to put him on the same level as the top guys in the division. It's highly likely we have already seen the best Emmett has to offer with the UFC.
Topuria fight re-scheduled
April 26, 2023
Emmett will fight Ilia Topuria in a featherweight bout at UFC on ABC 5 on June 24 in Jacksonville, according to
Initially scheduled for June 17, Emmett and Topuria's fight will be delayed a week before it happens at Jacksonville instead. Nothing has changed other than the date and location.