Josh Emmett's historic 1st round at UFC-Gdansk results in extremely rare 10-7 score

The opening bout at today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event featured a bit of history courtesy of Josh Emmett’s heavy hands.

Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who earned a one-sided unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed featherweight fight at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, connected with a record-setting four knockdowns in the opening round.

Although Arantes hung tough and made it through the storm, the round was so decisive that judge Paul Sutherland awarded Emmett with an extremely rare 10-7 round. Judges Ben Cartlidge and Maciej Motylewski, meanwhile, saw the opening frame 10-8 for the Team Alpha Male fighter.

Check out the complete scorecard from Emmett’s historic performance:

Not only did Emmett make history with a new single-round knockdown record, but he also tied the record for third most knockdowns in a single UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight (via Twitter):

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Josh Emmett posts 30-25 score on Felipe Arantes

Josh Emmett battered Felipe Arantes with his right hand while knocking the Brazilian to the mat four times in the first round before cruising to a unanimous-decision win.

Judges gave Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) the shutout despite adjustments from Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) later in the fight. They scored the bout 30-26 twice and 30-25.

The featherweight bout opened the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

In his first UFC fight at 145 pounds, Emmett brought all of his power from lightweight to bear on Arantes. Just about every time he threw his right hand, Arantes crashed to the mat. Yet every time, Arantes managed to survive, no doubt aided by Emmett’s desire to stand on the feet.

In the second frame, Arantes found his range and managed to keep Emmett at bay with a jab. Emmett’s charges were less successful, and a lunging knee from Arantes kept him honest. By the end of the frame, Emmett, looking a little less fresh than his dominant opening round, found a takedown and closed out the frame.

By the third, Emmett found his power punch again. But Arantes didn’t take any more trips to the mat, and he twice caught Emmett with his lunging knee. The two slugged it out to close the fight, but Emmett’s lead on the scorecards was clear.

Emmett gets back to the win column after a split-call loss to Desmond Green that sent him down a weight class. Arantes has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

  • Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett added to UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

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The upcoming UFC Fight Night 118 event in Poland has a new addition.

Officials today announced a fight between Felipe Arantes (18-8-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC)  and Josh Emmett (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), though a weight class wasn’t given.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Arantes, a 29-year-old Brazilian, is a former featherweight who’s recently competed at bantamweight. After dropping down to 135 pounds, he posted submissions wins over Yves Jabouin (to pick up a “Performance of the Night” bonus) and Jerrod Sanders. However, in his most recent bout, he suffered a split-decision defeat to Erik Perez. A subsequent fight with Luke Sanders was canceled two days before the event after Arantes fell ill.

He now meets Emmett, who’s recently fought at lightweight. The 32-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter and former West Coast Fighting champion defeated Jon Tuck and Scott Holtzman in his first two UFC fights, but in his most recent appearance, he suffered a split-decision defeat to Desmond Green.

The latest UFC Fight Night 118 card now includes:

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalen
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Felipe Arantes ill, fight with Luke Sanders pulled from Saturday's UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – The UFC’s return to Pittsburgh on Saturday has lost a fight just two days before the event.

A bantamweight bout between Brazil’s Felipe Arantes (18-8-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) and Luke Sanders (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been removed from UFC Fight night 116, taking the card down to 10 fights, after Arantes fell ill.

A promotion official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie tonight in Pittsburgh.

UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, and it airs on FS1. The Arantes-Sanders fight was set for the four-fight FS1 prelims, but now the opening lightweight fight between Gilbert Burns (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Jason Saggo (12-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will move to that portion of the card from its original home on UFC Fight Pass, leaving the promotion’s online streaming service without any bouts for the event.

Luke Sanders

Sanders was hoping to get back on track following the first loss of his professional career, which came in March when he was submitted by Iuri Alcantara at UFC 209. Prior to that, he had won the first 11 fights of his career, which included winning the RFA bantamweight title, as well as his promotional debut with a bonus-winning submissino of Maximo Blanco in January 2016.

Arantes needed to get back in the win column, as well, after a split-decision loss to Erik Perez this past November at UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico City. That snapped a two-fight streak of armbar submissions over Jerrod Sanders and Yves Jabouin, the latter of which won him his first UFC bonus. Arantes had not yet fought in 2017, and has fought just five times in the past four years.

With the cancellation, the UFC Fight Night 116 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Zu Anyanwu vs. Justin Ledet

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 116 pre-event facts: Which headliner is least-hit fighter in UFC history?

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The UFC hosts its fifth event in Pittsburgh with Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event, which takes place at PPG Paints Arena and airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) finally returns to the octagon after losing the title more than a year ago when he fights former two-division WSOF champion David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who is unbeaten over the past five years.

The card also features a number of others notables. For more on the numbers behind the third of four UFC events in September, check below for 50 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 116.

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Main event

Luke Rockhold

Rockhold returns to competition for the first time since losing the UFC middleweight title to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016.

Rockhold has earned 13 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes all five of his wins under the UFC banner.

Rockhold’s nine first-round stoppage victories in UFC/Strikeforce competition since the inception of the five-minute round are most in the combined history of the two organizations.

Rockhold’s nine knockdowns landed in UFC/Strikeforce middleweight competition are tied for third most in combined divisional history behind Anderson Silva (12) and Cung Le (10).

Rockhold’s seven submission victories in UFC/Strikeforce middleweight competition are tied with Ronaldo Souza for most in combined divisional history.

Rockhold’s 126 significant strikes landed against Chris Weidman at UFC 194 are the second most ever in a UFC middleweight fight behind Rich Franklin’s 127 against David Loiseau at UFC 58.

Branch is 13-1 since he was released from the UFC in March 2011. His only defeat in that stretch came to former UFC title challenger Anthony Johnson at Titan FC 22.

Branch enters the event on an 11-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2012.

Branch has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.

Branch absorbs just 0.87 significant strikes per minute in UFC competition, the lowest rate in UFC history.

Co-main event

Mike Perry

Mike Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by knockout. He’s earned six of those finishes in Round 1.

Perry has landed six knockdowns in four UFC appearances.

Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) competes in his 22nd UFC welterweight bout, the fourth most appearances in divisional history behind Josh Koscheck (24), Matt Brown (23) and Matt Hughes (23).

Alves’ 14 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Koscheck for third most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19) and Hughes (16).

Thiago Alves

Alves’ 13 knockdowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Alves’ 13 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind A. Silva (17), Jeremy Stephens (16), Chuck Liddell (14) and Donald Cerrone (14).

Alves’ eight knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Brown (nine).

Alves’ four knockout victories stemming from knee strikes in UFC competition are most in company history.

Alves has landed 280 leg kicks in UFC competition, the second most in company history behind Cerrone (307).

Alves’ 52 leg kicks landed against Seth Baczynski at UFC on FOX 11 are the second most landed in a three-round UFC fight. Former champ Benson Henderson, who landed 53 kicks against Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 59, holds the single-fight record.

Remaining main card

Hector Lombard

Hector Lombard’s (34-7-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s on a four-fight winless skid overall and hasn’t earned a victory since March 2014.

Lombard is 0-2 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in June 2016. He hasn’t earned a victory in the weight class since December 2012.

Anthony Smith (27-12 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is 3-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2016.

Smith is 10-2 since his initial UFC release in June 2013.

Smith has earned 24 of his 27 career victories by stoppage.

Gregor Gillespie’s (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) 21-second knockout of Andrew Holbrook at UFC 210 marked the sixth fastest knockout in UFC lightweight history.

Jason Gonzalez (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) enters the event on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Usman’s five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Usman has completed 20 takedowns in his five UFC appearances.

Usman out-lands his opponents by +2.66 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

Usman absorbs just 1.34 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Pete Spratt (1.04).

Sergio Moraes

Sergio Moraes’ (12-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) seven-fight UFC unbeaten streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division. He hasn’t suffered a loss since June 2012.

Moraes is one of six fighters in UFC history to earn a mounted-triangle-choke submission win. He accomplished the feat against Neil Magny at UFC 163.

Justin Ledet (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is 3-0 with one no-contest since he returned to MMA competition after a nearly four-year layoff.

Ledet’s 113 significant strikes landed against Chase Sherman at UFC Fight Night 92 are tied for the second most by any debuting UFC heavyweight behind Tim Sylvia’s 138 at UFC 39.

Preliminary card

Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (9-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned eight of his nine career victories by submission.

Aubin-Mercier has completed at least one takedown against six of his seven UFC opponents.

Aubin-Mercier landed just three significant strikes in his decision victory at UFC Fight Night 74, a record low for a winner of any three-round UFC fight to go the distance.

Anthony Hamilton’s (15-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC) 14-second knockout of Damian Grabowski at UFC 201 marked the second-fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history behind Todd Duffee’s seven-second win at UFC 102.

Hamilton holds the single-round UFC record for most significant body strikes landed with 49 in the second round against Ruan Potts at UFC 177.

Krzysztof Jotko (19-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defends 86.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall’s (12-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2015.

Hall is 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Hall is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head. Bantamweight Renan Barao also accomplished the feat.

Felipe Arantes (18-8-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) is 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in August 2015.

Gilbert Burns (11-2 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage.

Burns’ three armbar victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Royce Gracie (four).

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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