UFC veteran Josh Emmett might go up in weight for one last Octagon fight before calling it a career.
Emmett lost to Ilia Topuria via unanimous decision at UFC Jacksonville earlier this year. It was a one-sided affair from start to finish as Topuria dominated the fight on the judges’ scorecards.
Emmett fell short against Yair Rodríguez for the UFC interim featherweight title at UFC 284 earlier this year. Despite a quick start to the fight from Emmett, Rodríguez walked away with the submission win in Round 2.
Emmett is in a difficult position in the UFC’s featherweight division after back-to-back losses to top contenders. At 38 years old, his time is arguably running out when it comes to contending for a world title.
Josh Emmett Hints At Retirement After Ilia Topuria Loss
In a recent tweet, Emmett hinted that his fighting days are approaching an end.
I’m down to move back to lightweight for a fight! 📝 #RetirementFight 🤦🏼♂️
— JOSH EMMETT (@JoshEmmettUFC) July 21, 2023
“I’m down to move back to lightweight for a fight! #RetirementFight,” Emmett tweeted Friday.
Emmett hasn’t fought at lightweight during his UFC tenure but competed at 155lbs earlier in his career. He won the West Coast FC lightweight title in 2014 and made his UFC debut two years later in 2016.
Emmett has defeated the likes of Calvin Kattar, Shane Burgos, and Ricardo Lamas during his UFC tenure. He’s been known to put on highlight-filled performances with many knockouts on his résumé.
A timeframe for Emmett’s final potential UFC fight is uncertain, although it appears that he’s looking forward to avoiding another challenging weight cut to featherweight for his UFC swan song.
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