#7 UFC Featherweight
Record: 16-2-0 (W-L-D)
Born: March 4, 1985
Reach: 70" (178 cm)
Team: Team Alpha Male
Josh Emmett is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2011, he has also competed for King of the Cage.
UFC Fight Night 155
Josh defeated Mirsad Bektic, in his hometown of Sacramento, CA, via technical knockout in round 1. This win earned him performance of the night.
UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje
More than a year after suffering significant facial injuries against Jeremy Stephens, Josh had a come-back, signature knockout win against veteran Michael Johnson late in the 3rd round.
UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs. Stephens
A pivotal period in Josh's career after securing the 5 round main event against Jeremy Stephens. He took a controversial loss in the 2nd round, despite hurting him in the first. He sustained serious facial injuries that would sideline him.
UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos
Emmett faced Ricardo Lamas on December 16, 2017. At the time, Lamas was ranked #4 in the world in the Featherweight division. Josh had a tough weight cut to make on short notice and missed it by 2.5 lbs. The bout proceeded at catchweight with Josh giving up 30% of his purse. He won the fight with a significant knockout in the first round. Read more
UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till
Josh faced Felipe Arantes on October 21, 2017. In his first Featherweight bout in the UFC, Josh broke the UFC record with most knockdowns in a single round had the first ever 10-7 round score. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Read more
Emmett faced UFC newcomer and hometown favorite, Desmond Green, at UFC 2010 on April 8th, 2017. Two judges were split on the performance and josh took his first professional loss.
UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson
UFC was back in Sacramento and was hosted at the newly-minted, Golden 1 Center on December 17, 2016. Josh faced his most formidable opponent yet, fighting his was to a win via unanimous decision.
Josh made his UFC debut against Jon Tuck in the Lightweight division. On 4 days notice, Josh replaced an injured Nick Hein and defeated Tuck via split decision.
His first fight in the UFC didn't come easy. In the third round, Josh suffered a compound dislocation to his left ring finger, which led the referee to stop the match. After some negotiation with the ref, the fight continued with Tuck trying to take full advantage of the injury. Josh was able to defend the onslaught and made it to the scorecards. After the decision, Josh help up up his bloody hand to the camera showing one of the worst hand injuries in UFC history. Read more
Josh took on, former UFC fighter, Christos Giagos for the ISCF - International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF) Pro California Lightweight Title. Citing his toughest opponent to date, he secured a win via TKO at 2:21 of round 3.
THE EARLY YEARS
Born in Phoenix, AZ, Josh and his family moved when he was six months old to Sacramento, CA, a place he has always called home. As a child, Josh was extremely active and he competed in a variety of sports. However, it was his love for wrestling that would guide his professional career.
Josh wrestled throughout high school and college. He also excelled in mixed martial arts. So, in 2006, Josh walked into Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness to pursue his dream of fighting in the UFC. Fueled by his passion to compete in combat sports, he threw himself into training. However, an offer to continue his education and to wrestle at Menlo College would postpone his professional MMA career. During 2007 to 2010, Josh wrestled for Menlo College and graduated with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology.
After five years of collegiate wrestling, Josh became a member of the world renowned Team Alpha Male. With a perfect amateur record of 2-0, Josh started his professional MMA career in 2011.
As a professional MMA fighter, Josh continued his perfect winning streak. With a professional record of 9-0, Josh joined the UFC in 2016. After a decade of hard work, Josh’s dream to fight for the UFC had become a reality.