Heading into June 20th’s UFC Fightnight, the co-main event between featherwieghts Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos had even more hype than the heavyweight event of Curtis Blaydes verses Alexander Volkov.
And the Emmett – Burgos fight lived up to the hype. Eventually Josh Emmett won in a decision after three rounds that where not short of action or drama, as Emmett appeared to suffer a really bad knee injury in the opening seconds of the fight. Despite fighting on one knee, Emmett landed several, knockout worthy blows that Burgos ate up showcasing his iron jaw.
The two crushed each other with power punches repeatedly over 15 minutes, but Emmett kept landing on the jaw. He got even more accurate in the third round despite the wear-and-tear of the long brutal fight and his injured knee. Burgos was dropped twice in the final round, which earned Emmett the eventual win even though Burgos out-puched him in total strikes.
After the Fight
With the win, Emmett moved to 16-2 overall while handing Burgos his second loss. He dropped to a still impressive 13-2. Emmett said after the fight he believed he blew out his ACL early on and will go for an MRI on Monday. Imagine fighting three rounds and winning on a torn ACL? These guys are incredible.
In the heavyweight match, the betting favorite, Curtis Blaydes, defeated Alexander Volkov by unanimous decision. Blaydes improved to 14-2 while Volkov dropped to 31-8. There was nothing close about this fight as Blaydes took Volkov to the ground multiple times and pounded him when there. Volkov made Blaydes work for it, but in the end, there was one clear victor. Blaydes also known as “Razor,” now becomes one of the clear title contenders in the heavyweight division.
Next UFC Event
The next UFC pay-per-view event will be UFC 251 that features the welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. The event, on July 11th, features has a pretty loaded card, and will be the first of many fights on “Fight Island,” which is located just off Abu Dhabi.