Starting off his UFC campaign at 2-0, Josh Emmett will look to extend his undefeated pro record when he takes on newcomer Desmond Green. With wins over Jon Tuck and Scott Holtzman, Emmett is excited to be matched up with another tough competitor.
The 19-5 Green, comes into his UFC debut on a 4 fight win streak and a lot of experience. He fought for the likes of Titan FC, Legacy and Bellator MMA. Emmett is well aware of who is opponent is and is expecting a grueling contest.
“Even though he’s making his debut in the UFC, he’s a veteran of the sport,” Emmett said. “He has like 24 professional fights, he’s 19-5, he’s a well rounded fighter, really athletic and a great wrestler. He was a Division 1 wrestler so I know it’s going to be a tough fight and I’m just looking forward to it because the tougher the opponent, I always rise to the occasion.”
Always threatening with a diverse offensive attack, Emmett is an aggressive striker who pushes the pace. He’s expecting his pace to be mirrored by his opponent Green, who has a grapple-heavy approach to his fights.
“Definitely wrestling is his best attribute,” Emmett said on Green. “He uses his punches to get inside on either the single or double leg. He’s really good on top controlling people but I feel like my jiu-jitsu is better than him and I believe I’m one of the toughest fighters he’s fought so far”
Emmett is no stranger to a tough battle as his first two UFC fights went the distance. In his debut, he broke his finger in the third round where he had his bone sticking out of his finger. He battled the last two minutes of the fight with the injury and notched the win.
His second fight took place in his hometown of Sacramento when he had an all out war with Scott Holtzman. Both fighters were visibly tired but it was Emmett who was able to push through, showing a lot of heart.
“It’s more experience, I’m getting more ring time,” Emmett said. “I’ve only had 2 fights in the UFC but I fought 30 minutes in the UFC. No matter if I’m injured or tired, I’m going to fight for 15 minutes so no matter what’s going on with me, someone’s going to have to put me away. Anyone that fights me, it’s not going to be an easy fight and I think I’ve shown that.”
Training at Team Alpha Male, a gym renowned for its wrestling, Emmett feels he is prepared wherever the fight goes. He is expecting his opponent Green to push him and he has enlisted the help of multiple southpaws at Team Alpha Male in preparation for the fight.
“The only thing I switched up for this camp is that I’m sparring southpaws. We have some great southpaws about the same height as him, the same reach. I actually think I’m sparring better strikers but he has that great wrestling so I have to watch out for that and be cautious.”
Emmett was forced to pull out of his second scheduled UFC fight vs. Jeremy Kennedy back in August of last year when a shoulder injury put him on the shelf for a few weeks. He separated his AC joint in his shoulder and even through his Scott Holtzman training camp, was forced to refrain from wrestling.
He went ahead and fought anyway as he didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to fight in front of his home crowd of Sacramento. Now fully healed, he is hoping that the finish will finally materialise for him.
“I’m always looking to finish the fight,” Emmett said. “I want to keep the undefeated record alive. I go out there and win this fight and keep climbing the ranks. I’ll have one more fight in my contract, I want to win that and have a little more leverage when we renegotiate my contract.”
“I want to be thrown in the mix and they start giving me top guys and see where that goes. My ultimate goal is to be a world champion and I feel like I still haven’t been able to show that much to the fans and to the UFC.”
He will get the opportunity when he takes on Green April 8th in Buffalo, New York. After his win in Rotterdam, Emmett and his family went on a Euro trip and he is excited to capitalize on another opportunity to experience new places.
“I’m really excited. When they legalized MMA there, I thought it would be so cool to fight there, especially Madison Square Garden. I know I’m in Buffalo but I’ve never been to the East coast, I’ve never been to New York so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Emmett versus Green will be the second fight on the FS1 prelims on the UFC 210 card. He will share the card with teammate Cynthia Calvillo who has found herself in back to back PPV main cards. Emmett will look to get the ball rolling as he is confident that he’ll get the job done.
“I will get my hand raised. I’m going to come to fight and it will be an all out war for 15 minutes if it goes the distance.”
Surveillance Video Shows Conor McGregor Smash Phone
In a new video released by TMZ Sports, UFC star is shown knocking a phone down and smashing it in front of the Fountainebleau hotel located in Miami, Florida.
In true McGregor fashion, he followed up the destruction of the phone by doing his famous “billionaire strut.”
McGregor got into an altercation with Ahmed Abdirzak who was following and filming McGregor with his cell phone while McGregor and his entourage were leaving the hotel.
McGregor reportedly extended his hand to offer a hand shake, only to pull it back and smack the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand and proceeding to stomp on it.
After a few stomps, McGregor picks up the phone and walks away. He was later arrested, that same day, and has been charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor criminal mischief, which could land him in prison for up to 6 years.
McGregor has pled not guilty on all charges and is scheduled for trial beginning in May.
Abdirzak filed a lawsuit against McGregor stemming from the incident, but dropped his suit after the two sides worked out a settlement.
Abdirzak was reportedly demanding north of $15,000.
INTERVIEW: John Kavanagh Talks Brave CF 13 in Belfast, Frans Mlambo’s Title Fight and SBG Ireland
Renowned head coach of SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh has helped put Irish MMA on the map. With his star student and multiple time UFC champion, Conor McGregor taking over the MMA world, the two have opened up unlimited doors for the rest of the team.
Today, Kavanagh is leading some of the younger generation to world title fights and global organisations. On June 9th, one of his promising young fighters, Frans Mlambo will get a shot at gold when he takes on Stephen Loman for the Brave Combat Federation bantamweight title.
The two met back in the promotion’s first ever show in Bahrain when Loman picked up a unanimous decision win over Mlambo. It was a learning experience for the young South African who has picked up 3 straight finishes since. Kavanagh is confident that the former IMMAF world champion, Mlambo has all the tools to become champion.
Also competing on the Brave CF 13 card from SBG Ireland, is Cian Cowley (0-1) who takes on Daniel Olejniczak (2-1-1) and Tommy Martin (6-4) who takes on Wales’ Aidan James (1-0).
I spoke to John Kavanagh on the upcoming Brave CF 13 show, Mlambo’s improvements and the team’s preparation for their upcoming bouts. Check out the interview below.
Farah Hannoun: Brave Combat Federation are making their first trip to Europe, you’ve witnessed the organization’s growth so how excited are you to see them go to Belfast?
John Kavanagh: Brave is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest MMA shows so it’s of course great to have them visit Ireland. However, I would have preferred Dublin because that’s my hometown.
Farah Hannoun: Frans Mlambo is headlining the event, with a record of 5-2, he’s practically grown up in the cage, how proud are to see him turn things around with 3 straight finishes since losing to Loman the first time?
John Kavanagh: He’s earned that title shot with exciting finishes both by submission and KO. He’s finding his way in the cage nicely now.
Farah Hannoun: What adjustments has Mlambo made since the first fight with Loman? What do you feel like went wrong the first-time round?
John Kavanagh: His grappling was too weak back then. He’s one of the best strikers I’ve ever seen and now his grappling is catching up. Frans is one of the top 135lb fighters in the world.
Farah Hannoun: Cian Cowley is set to make the walk for the second time in his pro career when he takes on Daniel Olejniczak, in light of the legal issues he’s had the misfortune of dealing with, how hard was it for him to put all that aside and focus on the fight?
John Kavanagh: Cian is very mature and focused. It’s not a problem for him to block out what’s going on outside.
Farah Hannoun: Also competing from SBG, is Tommy Martin who’s looking to bounce back when he takes on Aidan James, how’s he been looking at the gym and what can we expect from him?
John Kavanagh: Tommy is a technician. Clean striking, one of best doubles on my team and tidy on the ground. His opponent is similar, solid technician. This fight will be very interesting for those who like nice technique.
Farah Hannoun: You’ve played a massive role in the growth of Irish MMA, SBG and Conor McGregor. The impact that you and Conor have had has resulted in a lot of opportunities and a spotlight on the guys at the gym. Does the idea that people have the perception that the SBG guys get “special treatment” or extra opportunities bother you?
John Kavanagh: No, we’ve earned it 😉
Farah Hannoun: You must be really proud, bringing up a talent such as Frans from his IMMAF world champion days to now him getting a title shot at Brave CF, what are your thoughts on Frans as an individual and a fighter?
John Kavanagh: One of few 135lbs in the world with genuine 1 punch KO power. A very good singer and cook too!
Farah Hannoun: You wrote a mega successful book, Win or Learn, which is even a quote that people have been using a lot when competing in MMA. Your best-selling book was even translated to multiple languages and sold internationally which is incredible. Did you expect the book to be so successful when writing it and do you have plans on writing another one someday?
John Kavanagh: No, I thought maybe my mother would buy a few copies and that’d be it haha. I believe almost 50,000 sold worldwide and talk of a movie adaptation. It’s crazy. Maybe one more book when I’m retired.
After his impressive finish over Niko Price at UFC Sao Paulo, Vicente Luque eyeing Darren Till
When Luan Chagas was forced out of his fight versus Niko Price at UFC Sao Paulo, The UFC called Vicente Luque and he happily accepted.
He stepped in on short notice and took out one of the toughest surging welterweights in Niko Price.
He hurt Price with a counter right before locking in one of his favourite submissions, the D’arce choke. This marked Luque’s 5th win in 6 UFC outings making him one of the brightest young stars in the division.
“I wanted to go out there and have an impressive fight,” Luque said.
“I thought that was very important especially that I was coming off a 4 fight win streak then I had a loss so I wanted to keep that momentum. I think I did that and it definitely puts me back where I was before going after those top 15 guys.”
He now turns his attention to a fellow rising star, Darren Till. Till took out Cowboy Cerrone in the first round last month in Gdansk and Luque feels he would match up well with him.
“I would really like to fight Darren Till,” Luque said. “He’s a great striker and his last fight was really impressive against Cowboy. I’m a striker as well and I would love to test my striking and see who the best striker in the division is.”
And should the UFC decide to go a different direction, Luque would be content fighting anyone in the top 15. With 5 wins and 5 finishes in the division, he feels he’s earned a high ranked opponent or a big name.
“I want a top 15 opponent for sure but if they don’t give me that I’ll be looking for someone with a big name,” Luque said. “Guys like Alan Jouban who already have a name and everybody knows who they are. Those are the guys that I want to be fighting.”
Another name Luque is interested in is Colby Covington who fought on the same card as him. Covington took out former title challenger Demian Maia and proceeded to cut a heavy promo, blasting the Brazilian crowd.
Covington’s harsh and controversial comments towards Brazil didn’t sit well for Luque who sees multiple benefits of fighting him.
“I definitely think that was disrespectful not only to Brazilians but to anybody that watches MMA,” Luque said. “I don’t think that’s the posture of an athlete. I don’t take it personally but I would love to fight him no matter what whether he was disrespectful or not because he’s a top contender.”
The welterweight division is arguably the most talked about division. With rising stars such as Darren Till, Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington and Mike Perry, Luque feels like his name should be thrown in the mix too.
“I think I’m getting up there and slowly getting my spot. I’m having good fights and I know what I’m capable of and that’s what I’m trying to show. I’m doing my thing and I feel that my fights speak for themselves.”
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