By Blue Corner
The opening bout at today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event featured a bit of history courtesy of Josh Emmett’s heavy hands.
Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who earned a one-sided unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed featherweight fight at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, connected with a record-setting four knockdowns in the opening round.
Although Arantes hung tough and made it through the storm, the round was so decisive that judge Paul Sutherland awarded Emmett with an extremely rare 10-7 round. Judges Ben Cartlidge and Maciej Motylewski, meanwhile, saw the opening frame 10-8 for the Team Alpha Male fighter.
Check out the complete scorecard from Emmett’s historic performance:
Not only did Emmett make history with a new single-round knockdown record, but he also tied the record for third most knockdowns in a single UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight (via Twitter):