When the final horn went off Saturday night in the co-main event, the few people in attendance and millions watching from home knew they had just been treated to an all-out war.
After some crazy exchanges, Josh Emmett landed 127 of 266 Significant strikes while Shane Burgos landed 128 of 250. Emmett was awarded the unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-27) in what was an obvious Fight Of The Night.
It was clearly even going into the 3rd and final round in a fight that was very important to both men’s championship stock in 2020.
Josh Emmett then proceeded to take the outcome of the fight into his own hands landing 51 significant strikes to Burgos’s 34 in the final round. On top of scoring two knockdowns in a dominating round three which was a must-win, one judge even scored the round 10-8. All while allegedly tearing his ACL completely in round 1, along with a lengthy list of other injuries.
Emmett was one of the few people not too impressed with the fight.
Emmitt stated post-fight.
“In my mind, I’m a tough critic on myself. I didn’t get to move. I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do. I use a lot of movement, a lot of lateral movement and I really wanted to mix up the wrestling and do things. I hurt my knee in the first 45 seconds. So I felt I had to stand there and play ‘sock em’, rock ’em robots’, and just slip and rip. I don’t know. People are saying it’s a good fight, I guess, but I didn’t get to scratch the surface of what I’m capable of.”
Regardless of those thoughts, Emmett hopes to gain more respect from this victory.
“I want to keep the momentum going. I want to fight. Everyone’s always talking about these other hungry fighters. I’m one of the hungriest fighters in the UFC. I’ve never turned a fight down. I want to fight as consistently as possible, but nobody pushes me. They push and build all these other guys up.”
While there are no real losers in a fight like this, the man who’s stock took a little hit didn’t seem to upset afterward as Shane Burgos alluded on his Instagram post-fight
“Last night didn’t go my way. Even with the devastation of the loss that might have been the most fun I’ve had in a fight. I felt great all week, had a phenomenal camp, I have no excuses. I really wish we could have had two more rounds but it is what it is. Thank you all for the love and support, and hats off to @joshemmettufc thank you for that unforgettable war.”
Burgos has nothing to be devastated about. He took 4-5 shots at least from Emmett that would KO most 145ers, and he kept coming forward even after being dropped multiple times in the 3rd round. He was always in the fight.
Post-fight Dana white spoke on his thoughts on the epic co-main event.
“Both of those guys impressed me. It was one of the fights that I picked this week for people to watch. They lived up to the hype. They both showed up. They both showed the will to win,”
White then responded when asked about it being a possible Fight Of The Year.
”That’s definitely Fight Of The Night, and one of the candidates for the Fight Of The Year. The only problem for those guys is Joanna vs. Zhang happened this year. Do you know what I mean? You look at what was at stake in that fight, how sick that fight was. The fact that it was 5 rounds, yeah that’s a tough one to beat”
While most would tend to agree with Dana on that, it doesn’t take away from the all-out war we saw from the Featherweight contenders in Saturday nights co-main event.
What should be next for both men? How many more wins does Emmett need before getting a title shot? Where does this fight rank for you in the fight of the year category?
No matter who you are a fan of, or who you pulled for Saturday, you couldn’t be upset at the outcome of that fight. I know I was not, and I also would be willing to wager that this is not the last time we see those two stare across each other in the octagon. For the time being, we will just have to wait and see where they go from here.