FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Josh Emmett
By Dan McConnell
A heavyweight bout between top contenders Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov headlined the UFC’s latest card in Las Vegas this past weekend.
An event that featured four decisions in the main card alone and seven overall, may not seem like one fans got their full value for money.
But this certainly wasn’t the case. Names such as Curtis Blaydes, Josh Emmett, Raquel Pennington, Jim Miller, Clay Guida and Tecia Torres provided a show for the blood-thirsty fans amongst us.
Notable mentions for this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award go to Curtis Blaydes who extended his unbeaten streak to four in a row and record the most takedowns in UFC heavyweight history with 14.
Also to UFC veteran Jim Miller who submitted Roosevelt Roberts via armbar in round one of their bout. And also Belal Muhammad who looked better than ever with a victory over Lyman Good.
However this weeks award winner goes to Team Alpha Male fighter and rising featherweight contender Josh Emmett.
At the age of 35 years old, the Arizona-native has been on a nice run at featherweight recording three victories on the spin over Michael Johnson, Mirsad Bektic and now Shane Burgos.
Emmett lead the dance from the first bell, despite blowing his ACL in the first 15 seconds of the opening round.
Emmett continued to find the range for his heavy overhand right time and time again on the chin of Burgos.
In the third round he dropped his opponent twice and earned the fight of the night award for his dominating display.
In what has been a transition for the famous Team Alpha Male camp in Sacramento over the past few years. Emmett has proven why he is steadily climbing up into the upper echelons of the 145-pound division.
Taking his record to 16-2 and with three victories in a row, Emmett’s name will be in the conversation for a top 5 opponent next time out.
His post-fight interview questioned how he felt that he was the underdog in this contest and frustrated the UFC aren’t pushing him enough.
I’m not sure what the UFC plans next for the talented featherweight, but a chance at redemption over Jeremy Stephens or a fight against former champion Frankie Edgar is what I’d book!