Josh Emmett wants to replace Holloway against Alex Volkanovski


Josh Emmett believes he is the perfect candidate to replace injured Max Holloway against champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 272.

Just days after the promotion announced that Holloway (23-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC) would challenge Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) in a trilogy fight on March 5 in Las Vegas, “Blessed” was forced to retire due to a persistent injury.

There has been no official announcement on whether the fight will be postponed or whether Volkanovsky will face another contender on the same date. If it ends up being the latter, Emmett (17-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) thinks he deserves serious consideration for stepping in.

Emmett, No.6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports / MMA Junkie featherweight chart, is currently on a four-game winning streak and has won six of his last seven total since October 2017. Now he wants the chance to become the champion. .

“That’s exactly what I was talking about – I feel like one of the only fighters in the division who doesn’t have to fight one of the best,” Emmett told MMA Junkie. “Volkanovski and I are the best match stylistically. … Sign me up. I’ll be ready to switch. I’ve always wanted to stay prepared in case something like this happens, someone falls out of a fight. In the UFC, it’s all about timing. You have to be ready. You have to be able to seize opportunities and I will never back down from an opportunity, especially like this. I want this Volkanovsky fight.

Emmett just won a unanimous decision over Dan Ige at UFC 269 in December. It was his first fight after an 18-month layoff due to injury, but the performance showed he was still among the elite at 145 pounds.

With a record number of knockdowns in divisional history, Emmett believes his combination of power, speed and wrestling is a severe test for No. 1 Volkanovski, who has yet to be beaten inside. the octagon.

“I think we get along well,” Emmett said. “Similar styles. Both powerful and explosive fighters. Come from struggling backgrounds. We both have the power to end combat at any time. He is the best. Anyone who holds the title at any given time is the best in the division in my eyes. It’s a fight where I want to fight the best, and he is the best. I think the fans would love to see us fight.

UFC plans for Volkanovski are unknown at this time, but the champion has historically stated that he is not the type to wait for a specific opponent and prefers to be as active as possible. Henry Cejudo also threw his name in the hat to serve as a replacement, but Emmett believes he has an advantage over all other options and would provide the most convincing fight.

“He’s been planning on fighting for a while,” Emmett said. “He’s the champion, he never ventured far from fighting. He’s always ready to fight everyone and he’s the best in the world. I think it’s a fight that gets the fans excited because they want to see a war and I think he and I would bring that to the table and we’re so similar in styles. It would just be a phenomenal fight that would get off the books. “

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