Josh Emmett

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Josh Emmett
BornJoshua James Emmett
(1985-03-04) March 4, 1985 (age 36)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Nickname(s)The Fighting Falmer[1]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (2011–2014, 2017–present)
Lightweight (2014–2017)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofSacramento, California, United States
TeamTeam Alpha Male[4]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5]
WrestlingNAIA Wrestling[5]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission2
By decision8
By knockout1
By decision1
Amateur record
By knockout2
Other information
UniversityMenlo College[5]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joshua James Emmett (born March 4, 1985)[6] is an American professional mixed martial artist. Emmett currently competes in the featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[5] A professional competitor since 2011, Emmett has also competed for King of the Cage.[7] As of July 12, 2021, he is #7 in the UFC featherweight rankings.[8]


Emmett was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 4, 1985. He studied psychology in college with the intention of going into law enforcement and earned his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Menlo College.[9] Emmett wrestled for 14 years; beginning at El Camino Fundamental High School and continuing through his college years.[10] Emmett wrestled his first two seasons at the junior college level, before transferring to NAIA Menlo. After his collegiate career was over, he joined Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness to continue his desire in competing in combat sports.[5] Emmett is also an accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappler, he won a world championship in the blue belt no-gi division.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]


After compiling an amateur record of 2–0, Emmett started his professional MMA career on October 8, 2011, and made his debut in Capitol Fighting Championship as a Featherweight. He broke his hand in the first round and continued with the fight and managed to earn his first win by unanimous decision.[7]

Emmett had surgery on his broken hand and had a 10 month lay off from competing. He returned to training to prepare for his next fight and broke the same hand on his last sparring session prior to the fight event which forced him to take another long break before returning to the cage.[11]


After his first professional win, he made a move to compete in West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC) and made his debut on August 3 2013 against Mike Ryan, winning via guillotine choke in the first round.[7]

On November 16, 2013, Emmett faced Noah Schnable and defeated him in 45 seconds in round one with TKO (punches).[7]


Emmett's third opponent with West Coast Fighting Championship was Adin Duenas on February 15, 2014. He managed to secure a win via unanimous decision.[7]

Two months after the fight with Duenas, Emmett faced Tramain Smith at West Coast Fighting Championship 9. He won the fight via TKO (punches) in round one.[7]

On September 13, 2014, Emmett was up against Tony Rios and judges awarded a win with a unanimous decision in favor of Emmett.[12]

Emmett faced Brandon Ricetti on November 15, 2014, at West Coast Fighting Championship 12 in a five-round fight for the lightweight title belt. In the fifth round, Emmett loaded with punches, pressing Recetti to fall forward when Emmett hit Ricetti with a knee and Ricetti was KO. The fight was ruled a No Decision at first as Ricetti was grounded when he got kneed. However, the decision was overturned after a review of the incident and a win was awarded to Emmett via unanimous technical decision. Emmett was crowned WFC Lightweight Champion.[13]


After he secured the championship belt, Emmett didn't return to compete until almost one year later on October 3, 2015, at KOTC promotion, facing Rocky Johnson. Emmett showed off his submission skills and won the fight via arm-triangle choke.[14]


Emmett returned to fight in West Coast Fighting Championship promotion in Sacramento, CA, USA on Jan 23, 2016 against Christos Giagos, a former UFC fighter. Emmett secured a win via TKO at 2:21 of round 3 and also won the ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF) Pro California Lightweight Title.[15]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After garnering a 9–0 record as a professional, Emmett signed with the UFC.[16]


Emmett made his promotional debut as a short notice replacement on May 8, 2016 against Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 87, where he replaced an injured Nick Hein.[17] [18][19] Emmett suffered a compound fracture on his left right finger from catching Tuck's spinning back kick[20] and the referee halted the fight briefly prior to restarting. Emmett secured a win with split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).[21]

Emmett was expected to face Jeremy Kennedy on August 27, 2016 at UFC on Fox 21.[22] However, Emmett was forced out of the event, due to an injury.[23]

On December 17, 2016, Emmett faced Scott Holtzman at UFC on Fox 22. The three round fight was a back and forth battle and judges awarded the win to Emmett via unanimous decision.[24]


Emmett faced promotional newcomer Desmond Green on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210. Emmett was out pointed by Green's striking and lost the fight via split decision of 29-28, 28-29, and 30-27.[25]

Emmett faced Felipe Arantes in a featherweight bout on October 21, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 118.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27] Emmett dedicated this win to his friend's son, who has heart condition, at the age of 11 and has gone through an experimental surgery.[28]

Emmett faced Ricardo Lamas on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos.[29] At the weigh ins, Emmett weighed in at 148.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the featherweight upper limit of 146 pounds and the bout proceeded at a catchweight. Emmett forfeited 30% of his purse to Lamas.[30] Emmett won the fight via knockout in the first round.[31]


Emmett faced Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28, which took place on February 24, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.[32] Despite hurting Stephens in the first round, he lost the fight by knockout in the second round, after being hurt with an illegal knee and blows to the back of the head.[33] As a result, Emmett was sidelined for the remainder of 2018, after undergoing successful surgery to correct facial injuries sustained during the Stephens fight.[34]


Emmett faced Michael Johnson on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[35] He won the fight via knockout in the third round.[36]

Emmett faced Mirsad Bektić on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155.[37] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[38] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[39]


Emmett was expected to face Arnold Allen on January 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 166.[40] However, Emmett pulled out the fight, citing an undisclosed injury,[41][42] and he was replaced by Nik Lentz.

Emmett was expected to face Edson Barboza on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman.[43] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date.[44]

With one fight left on his contract, Emmett signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC.[42] As the first fight of new prevailing contract, Emmett faced Shane Burgos on June 20, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov.[45] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[46] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[47] Emmett is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of 2020, recovering from a litany of injuries to his left leg sustained in the fight, including an ACL tear.[48]


Emmett is scheduled to face Dan Ige on December 11, 2021 at UFC 269.[49]

Championships and awards[edit]

  • West Coast Fighting Championship (WCF) Lightweight Champion (One time)[13]
  • ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF) Pro California Lightweight Champion: January 23rd, 2016, WFC 16, Sacramento, California, USA. Defeated Christos Giagos by TKO (Strikes) at 2:21 of Round 3.

Personal life[edit]

Emmett married his wife Vanessa.[5]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 16 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 2 0
By decision 8 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–2 Shane Burgos Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 15–2 Mirsad Bektić TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 1 4:25 Sacramento, California, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–2 Michael Johnson KO (punch) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 3 4:14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 13–2 Jeremy Stephens KO (elbows) UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens February 24, 2018 2 1:35 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 13–1 Ricardo Lamas KO (punch) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 1 4:33 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Catchweight (148.5 lbs) bout; Emmett missed weight.
Win 12–1 Felipe Arantes Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till October 21, 2017 3 5:00 Gdańsk, Poland Return to Featherweight.
Loss 11–1 Desmond Green Decision (split) UFC 210 April 8, 2017 3 5:00 Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 11–0 Scott Holtzman Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 10–0 Jon Tuck Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski May 8, 2016 3 5:00 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 9–0 Christos Giagos TKO (punches) West Coast Fighting Championship 16 January 23, 2016 3 2:21 Sacramento, California, United States Won ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF) Pro California Lightweight Title.
Win 8–0 Rocky Johnson Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Total Elimination October 3, 2015 1 2:45 Oroville, California, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 7–0 Brandon Ricetti Technical Decision (unanimous) West Coast Fighting Championship 12 November 15, 2014 5 0:24 Sacramento, California, United States Won the WCFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Tony Rios Decision (unanimous) West Coast Fighting Championship 11 September 13, 2014 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 5–0 Tramain Smith TKO (punches) West Coast Fighting Championship 9 April 26, 2014 1 2:28 Sacramento, California, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 4–0 Adin Duenas Decision (unanimous) West Coast Fighting Championship 8 February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 3–0 Noah Schnable TKO (punches) West Coast Fighting Championship 7 November 16, 2013 1 0:45 Jackson, California, United States
Win 2–0 Mike Ryan Submission (guillotine choke) West Coast Fighting Championship 6 August 3, 2013 1 1:52 Placerville, California, United States
Win 1–0 Emilio Gonzales Decision (unanimous) Capitol Fighting Championships: Fall Classic October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Professional debut.


See also[edit]


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