Live by the sword, die by the sword.
That seems to be the attitude being taken by Josh Emmett following his controversial loss to Jeremy Stephens in the main event of UFC on FOX 28 from Orlando, Florida. The tough Team Alpha Male up and comer took two elbows to the back of the head and an illegal knee that may or may not have seriously bounced off his skull. The damage from the whole finishing assault from Stephens resulted in three fractures in his orbital bone.
But Emmett sounds cool with it.
”Just gonna put some ice on it and I’ll be back!” Emmett said in an Instagram post. “I appreciate all the kind words and concerns. Hats off to Jeremy Stephens, you know we will be running that back sometime in the future.”
That’s some good sportsmanship over the whole ordeal but let’s not pretend Emmett is totally okay with what just happened. Word came out shortly after the event that his camp would absolutely be contesting the result of the fight with the Florida athletic commission, something that ultimately won’t be an easy case to win.
And it must be hard for Emmett to find himself back on the injured list. Promotional videos leading into his fight with Stephens covered how he broke his hand in back to back fights, which caused him to question whether he’d even stick with fighting.
Now he’s got a tricky skull injury that could keep him out for over a year. It’s a disappointing result for a fighter who came so close to finishing Stephens in the first round. But if he’s prepared to stick around, we don’t doubt Emmett will come back more fearsome than ever.