A closed mouth doesn’t get fed, and there are few mixed martial artists hungrier for a feeding frenzy of ranked featherweights than Josh Emmett (12-1).
After punishing Felipe Arantes with a record-breaking performance at UFC Fight Night 118, the recent addition to the UFC’s featherweight division pronounced his interest in being featured in the promotion’s next California pit stop: UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno.
Even though Emmett would have filled the Save Mart Center to capacity, the UFC didn’t grant the long-standing member of Team Alpha Male a place on that particular card.
As luck would have it, Ricardo ‘The Bully’ Lamas (18-5) was expected to meet the former feathrweight champ, Jose Aldo Jr., in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 26, but Aldo was transferred to UFC 218 for an attempt to reclaim the UFC Featherweight Title from Max Holloway; thereby, leaving Lamas feeling lonely in his own hunt for another crack at a championship.
Emmett pounced at the opportunity to fill in for Aldo’s absence:
@Ricardolamasmma I know you need an opponent for December 16th. let’s put on a show for the fans in Canada and around the world! We know you’re one of the best and I think I’m one of the best so let’s find out! Our paths will cross eventually, might as well do it sooner than later! I have my pen in hand ready to sign. Who wants to see this fight happen? 🎨: @mystromixtapes #UFCWinnipeg #UFCCanada #UFC #UFCOnFox26
Once Emmett rallied his rabid following, the decision-makers at the UFC chose to send the native of Northern California toward the upper reaches of North America, Winnipeg, Canada, to face ‘The Bully’ head on.
With a win over Lamas, Emmett will position himself on the radar as a contender at 145-pounds.