With a lot of intriguing fights this weekend at UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Volkov, we are sure to be treated to a lot of great action.
But before the big boys make the walk Saturday night for the main event, two dark horses in the loaded 145-pound men’s Divison square off in a co-main event scrap. As #8th Ranked knockout artist, Josh Emmett collides with the #10th ranked diverse finisher in Shane Burgos. The two men have a combined twenty finishes in their pro careers.
A win here could see either man make a legit run at the Featherweight belt. With the division’s former kingpin, Max Holloway recently losing his world championship last December to Alexander Volkanovski; the division has never been more open. Shane Burgos looks to make the most of his opportunity and jumpstart his run to the belt.
”2020 has been a shit year for the entire world but it is going to be the year that I make my rise and make my name known,” Burgos told UFC.com. “I am number ten right now and he’s number eight, and that means I’m going to go in there put on a show and make noise.”
Burgos enters the bout with a pro record of 13-1 (6-1 UFC) including notable wins over Cub Swanson, and Makwan Amirkhani in his last appearance back in November of 2019. Burgos expects chaos to ensue right when the cage door closes on Saturday night.
“I’m excited for this one because I’m fighting a guy like Josh Emmett. It’s a fucking firefight and it’s going to have a ton of eyeballs on it.” Burgos said. “In my mind, it’s important to get a finish no matter what. I want it to be definitive, I want to it be something I did, not what three judges decided. I want people to remember my name and then go, ‘damn, I can’t ever miss another one of this kid’s fights again.’
If he was looking for a willing partner to go to war with he has most certainly found one in Josh Emmitt. Emmet is riding a two-fight winning streak in 2019 that saw him knocking Michael Johnson out cold, and he put away Mirsad Bektic in the first round of his last fight.
Emmitt enters the fight with a pro record of 15-2 (6-2 UFC). While he would like to have been more active during his UFC tenure, Emmitt knows what’s at stake when he faces Shane Burgos Saturday night.
“He’s a dangerous threat and a tough opponent, and he’s super well-rounded,” Emmett said. “I just need to go in there and continue what I’ve been doing and go in there and make another statement. And then I think I’ll finally get one of those top 5 opponents. I believe I’m one, two fights away from fighting for the title.”
Both men have their eyes set on a world title fight in the near future. We could see a new star rise from this co-main event Saturday.
Emmitt told UFC.com
“You look at my resume, and I’ve fought some super tough opponents,” Emmett said. “I feel like whoever wins this fight is going to get that push, and they can’t deny me. I set out only to fight for the UFC because I think it’s the biggest, best platform out there, in my opinion. My goal is to be a world champion, and there’s nothing getting in my way.”
My prediction: Both men come out guns blazing in a potential fight of the night in a back and forth round one that sees Emmitt landing the bigger strikes, but gets outpointed on the feet by Burgos. The second round starts with much of the same but at a slower pace. Shane starts to pick it up and run away with the round until about the 2-minute mark. I think Burgos will relax just a bit too much and get caught with a big right hand from Emmitt that will put him out. Josh Emmet wins the fight in the 2nd round via KO/TKO.
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