By Ujwal Jain
UFC 296's standout featherweight bout between the No. 10 ranked Bryce Mitchell and the No. 6 ranked Josh Emmett ended in one of the scariest knockouts of the year, and fight fans are all riled up about it.
'Thug Nasty' was a sizeable favorite coming into the fight. However, when the cage doors closed and the bell rang, things fell apart quickly for the 29-year-old. Emmett closed the show in the opening round with a vicious overhand right, which left his opponent convulsing on the canvas.
Catch Josh Emmett's knockout of Bryce Mitchell below:
Emmett's statement knockout over a serious contender like Mitchell has sent fight fans into a frenzy. They flocked to social media to express disbelief and amazement over what they had just witnessed.
Josh Emmett's stark warning to featherweights following Bryce Mitchell KO
Josh Emmett's first-round finish of Bryce Mitchell at UFC 296 might just be a Knockout of the Year contender. Understandably, the 38-year-old firmly believes his unique knockout ability is a problem for the entire division.
During his octagon interview with Joe Rogan, the former interim featherweight title challenger gave a stark warning to the 145-pound division while heaping praise on his opponent:
"I want to take Bryce for taking the fight. You know he took it on two weeks' notice. Man, he is a dangerous guy. [I] wish him nothing but the best, but I am the most powerful featherweight in the world. It only takes one shot."
Catch Josh Emmett's comments below (0:30):