By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Josh Emmett wants a title shot. After his performance on Saturday night, he might get one.
The No. 8 ranked featherweight defeated the No. 10 ranked favorite Shane Burgos in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 11 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Emmett won the fight by unanimous decision.
Two judges had the fight 29-28. The third judge had the fight 29-27.
Emmett has to overcome a foot injury early on in the fight. Jon Anik said after the fight during his interview with Emmett that he thought it was a torn ACL.
Now, with this win, he has won three straight bouts.
The 35-year-old said he was tired of fighting fighters below him. He said he will fight up now, as he may have a different ranking this upcoming week with this win.
Emmett fought in front of UFC President Dana White, which may have helped his case for a title shot. The shorter Emmett took Burgos down twice with a punch, but the 29-year-old was able to recover.
The Sacramento, California native also hit Burgos with a punch that clearly would have knocked down other fighters. However, the New York native just ate it.
Emmett improves to 16-2 in his MMA career. During his three-fight win streak, he also defeated Michael Johnson and Mirsad Bektić.
This was Emmett’s first unanimous decision win since October 2017 when he defeated Felipe Arantes.
Burgos fell to 13-2 in his MMA career. Burgos had his three-fight win streak snapped with this loss.
This also was Burgos’ first fight in Las Vegas in his career. In addition, the Hurricane suffered his first loss since January 2018 when he lost to Calvin Kattar.
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