Featherweight Josh Emmett explains why he’s offering longtime contender Ricardo Lamas a rematch after knocking him out at UFC on FOX 26.
In the most shocking outcome of UFC on FOX 26, Josh Emmett came in on short notice and brutally knocked out featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas with a brutal left hook. It’s by far the biggest win of Emmett’s career, but it does come with the asterisk of his failure to make the featherweight limit. Not only did it cost him 30% of his purse to Lamas, but also a $50,000 performance bonus.
The Team Alpha Male fighter spoke with MMAjunkie about the Lamas win, and he feels he owes the veteran a rematch, given the circumstances surrounding last Saturday’s contest.
“Of course,” Emmett said. “He did this for me. He didn’t have to take this fight. He is one of the best guys in the world. He could have sat back and waited for the winner of (Frankie) Edgar (vs. Max) Holloway fight and then get a title shot, or fight (Brian) Ortega, and the winner of that get a title fight. I’m truly grateful for him accepting the fight, as well as with me missing the weight.”
Having replaced Lamas’ original opponent, Jose Aldo, just three weeks out from the event, Emmett also says he’s not going to accept bouts on such late notice anymore.
“I’ll take four to five weeks out,” Emmett said. “So like I said before, I apologize for not making weight. I was right on track, and just with the timeframe I had left, I knew there was no possible way that I could make (weight) within that time. I just stopped sweating.
“I didn’t have enough time to water load. I just messed up, but I take credit for it, and it won’t happen again.”
Emmett is now 4-1 in the UFC, and his win over Lamas was his first stoppage victory inside the Octagon.