Josh Emmett has called for a throwdown with former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. Emmett took to Twitter on January 3 to shoot his shot at “Blessed”:
“People have been asking me ‘What’s next?'” Emmett said. “I want a clear shot to the title. The best path there is fighting the number one contender and that’s Max Holloway.”
Despite only having a 37% knockout rate in 17 professional victories, Emmett is known as one of the most fearsome punchers in featherweight history. “CC0” last fought at UFC 296 in December 2023, where he folded Bryce Mitchell with a thunderous overhand right.
Emmett left “Thug Nasty” spasming on the ground without so much as a follow-up shot, adding to a spectacular highlight reel of finishes – including knockout wins over Michael Johnson, Ricardo Lamas, and Mirsad Bektic.
Emmett is only two fights detached from his attempt at winning the interim title at UFC 284. Holloway is starved for fresh contenders, having defeated three of the division’s top five. In fact, according to the UFC rankings, #6 ranked Emmett would be the next best fight for “Blessed” at featherweight.
Unstoppable Force vs. Immovable Object
In 14 UFC appearances, Emmett has scored an impressive 12 knockdowns – which is the UFC featherweight record (via UFC). Emmett is also tied third for KO/TKO wins at featherweight with five, and tied second for knockdowns per minute with 1.32.
Emmet’s incredible punching power would be put to the test against Holloway’s uncrackable chin, which has served him perfectly in 32 professional bouts. Holloway has hardly ever been rocked in his professional career and hasn’t received a single knockdown. Interestingly enough, he’s also the leader in significant strikes absorbed and significant strikes landed.
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