Josh Emmett (13-1) may not have received a financial spike in his bank account following a remarkable first-round knockout of Ricardo Lamas, the formerly third-ranked UFC featherweight, in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 26, but on paper, he skyrocketed into the top five at 145-pounds.
Keen to compete amongst MMA’s elite, Team Alpha Male’s Emmett, a ten-year vet on the world-renowned team, didn’t balk at the opportunity to accept a dangerous, short-notice match-up. The thirty-two-year-old dream chaser learned a costly lesson when he didn’t make the featherweight limit; not only was Emmett fined thirty percent of his purse for the problem at the scale, but it also excluded him from earning a pocket-filling performance bonus from the promotion.
On any given card hosted by the UFC, in addition to the high stakes of a relative unknown—at least beyond Northern California’s borders—defeating a proven commodity, Emmett’s left hook, which was seemingly loaded with lead, would have deposited $50,000 in the bank account of whichever athlete on the roster it was connected to.
The pot of gold at the end of this gloomy rainbow was discovered when the UFC updated their rankings. Staring back at visitors of ufc.com (link here), Emmett landed only inches from the place he’s imagined since first setting foot inside the cage.
Though it’s unclear what the UFC’s next move will be with Emmett, he’s no longer a random pawn in the unforgiving game of MMA, and the hard-hitting wrestler is well on his way to become a king at featherweight.