Next week's UFC on FOX 26 lineup in Winnipeg undergoes slew of changes

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Next week’s UFC on FOX 26 lineup has undergone a number of changes.

Officials today announced the slew of new matchups for the card.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

As reported on Monday, Justin Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) recently announced a back injury has forced him out of his fight with flyweight Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC). As a result, promotional newcomer and undefeated recent Bellator fighter Pietro Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.

Officials also confirmed Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has been tapped for the co-headliner against featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC). Lamas was originally was supposed to fight Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), but the former UFC champion recently had fill-in duties in this past weekend’s UFC 218 headliner, where he lost to current titleholder Max Holloway.

Additionally, Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) replaces Vitor Miranda (12-6 MA, 3-3 UFC) against middleweight Julian Marquez (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A reason wasn’t given for Miranda’s withdrawal.

Finally, welterweight Sultan Aliev (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is out of his fight against Nordine Taleb (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), and Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been scratched from his bout from Danny Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) – both for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Taleb and Roberts are now slated to fight each other.

The official UFC on FOX 26 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Reports: Josh Emmett steps in vs. Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 26

It’s not the rematch he was hoping for, but Ricardo Lamas still has a fight at UFC on FOX 26.

Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will take on Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at the Dec. 16 event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, according to multiple reports. MMA journalist Farah Hannoun was first to report the news on Twitter.

Lamas originally was supposed to fight Jose Aldo in the card’s co-headliner, but those plans changed shortly after Frankie Edgar was forced to withdraw from his featherweight title fight vs. champ Max Holloway. The UFC turned to Aldo as a replacement, and he’s now getting an immediate rematch to reclaim his title Saturday night at UFC 218 in Detroit.

Lamas has gone 5-2 since his 2014 loss to Aldo at UFC 169. Lamas’ losses came to two-time title challenger Chad Mendes and Holloway, the latter coming at UFC 199 in June 2016. But since the Holloway loss, Lamas has back-to-back stoppage wins. He submitted Charles Oliveira just over a year ago, and in July he stopped Jason Knight with a first-round TKO at UFC 214.

Emmett enters the bout coming off a dominant unanimous-decision win over Felipe Arantes last month at UFC Fight Night 118.

The latest UFC on FOX 26 card now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Danny Roberts vs. Sheldon Westcott

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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After dropping weight classes, UFC-Gdansk winner Josh Emmett ready for all comers at 145

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GDANSK, Poland – Team Alpha Male’s Josh Emmett made his UFC featherweight debut with a dominant victory over Felipe Arantes, then declared himself ready to take on anyone in the division.

Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) explained that fighting at 145 pounds was always his plan, but his early success at 155 persuaded him to keep going in the lightweight division.

“My goal when I got to the UFC was to fight in the featherweight division, but since I got in it (at) 55s, and it was working well for me, I just decided to stay there,” Emmett said. “I guess (I was) kinda complacent. Strength was never an issue in that division, but I was if you look at the stats. I think it’s myself and Nick Hein (who) are the smallest lightweights in the division.”

Emmett’s career in the UFC was going well enough as he extended his undefeated record to 11-0 with wins over Jon Tuck and Scott Holtzman. But a split-decision loss to Desmond Green in April convinced him to make the move down to his optimal weight class.

“After that last loss – I still think I won that last fight – I made the decision to drop down to featherweight, where I’ll be more of an average-to-bigger featherweight, and I think I’ll do really well, Emmett said. “I think I stack up well against anyone in the division, and I’m just excited to be in this featherweight division now.”

Emmett didn’t negotiate his first UFC fight week as a featherweight athlete alone. His longtime coach, Danny Castillo, was on hand to monitor his weight cut, and his Team Alpha Male teammate and fellow featherweight Andre Fili also was on the card.

Despite telling MMAjunkie he was ready to hit the scale early at Friday’s weigh-ins, Fili waited until Emmett was ready, with the pair weighing in one after the other, as the two teammates made sure they both hit their required weight.

“Andre and I have been training partners for such a long time,” Emmett said. “The funny thing is my pro debut was at 145, and we fought on the same card. So it’s just awesome now I’m making my featherweight debut again in the UFC, and Andre and I are right on the same card.

“He’s a great guy, one of my main training partners, and we’re going to get big wins tonight and go have some fun and check out Poland.”

Emmett looked outstanding in the opening rounds, repeatedly dropping Arantes with big right hands before realizing he’d have to pace himself to ensure he lasted the distance.

“He was tough, and I know he’s really dangerous off his back, so I didn’t want to play into his game and go in there and take a chance of getting caught in something,” Emmett said. “I train with the best team in the world – my jiu-jitsu coach, Felipe Bragio, and Chris Holdsworth and Fabio and all of us. I knew I’d be safe, but I did have to just tone it down and wait to pick my shots.”

Despite a huge first round, Emmett eventually had to contend himself with a landslide unanimous decision victory, and now the 32-year-old from Sacramento plans on making a dent in the UFC’s 145-pound rankings.

“I think I stack up well against anyone, so I’m up for anything,” Emmett said. “(Sean) Shelby – and when it was Joe Silva at the time – they asked me so many times about fighting anyone.

“I’ve never said no to a fight, but a lot of people said no to me. Even (for) this fight – I’m not gonna mention any names – but this was the fifth opponent. They (tried to) give me someone in the top 15. No one wanted it.

“I’m up for anybody. I’ve never said no to a fight, and I’m not going to start any time soon.”

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

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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.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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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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