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By The Numbers: Josh Emmett vs. Ilia Topuria


If prizefighters have a biological clock, Josh Emmett can probably hear his ticking.

Now well into his late 30s, the Team Alpha Male standout will lock horns with the undefeated Ilia Topuria in the UFC on ABC 5 featherweight main event this Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Emmett has rattled off five wins in six appearances. However, he finds himself on the rebound following a second-round submission loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC 284 in February. Topuria, meanwhile, has finished 12 of his 13 opponents, nine of them inside one round. He last competed at UFC 282, where he put away Bryce Mitchell with an arm-triangle choke a little more than eight minutes into their Dec. 10 encounter.

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As Emmett and Topuria approach their marquee matchup at 145 pounds, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:

38: Years of age for Emmett, who was born in Phoenix on March 4, 1985.

6: Emmett wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 33% of his career total (18). His list of UFC victims: Mirsad Bektic, Michael Johnson and Ricardo Lamas. Emmett holds two other wins by submission (11%) and 10 more by decision (56%).

11: Knockdowns landed by Emmett as an Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight, tying him with Jeremy Stephens for first on the promotion’s all-time list at 145 pounds. They rank ahead of Cub Swanson (nine), Chad Mendes (eight) and Max Holloway (eight).

42: Rounds completed by Emmett as a professional mixed martial artist. He has gone the distance on 11 different occasions and carries a 10-1 record in those bouts. The lone outlier? A split decision loss to Desmond Green at UFC 210 in April 2017.

152: Combined victories between the nine opponents—Bektic, Johnson, Lamas, Calvin Kattar, Dan Ige, Shane Burgos, Felipe Arantes, Scott Holtzman and Jon Tuck—Emmett has defeated as a member of the UFC roster. They boast a cumulative .687 winning percentage at 152-69-1.

26: Years of age for Topuria, who was born on Jan. 21, 1997 in Halle Westfalen, Germany.

8: Topuria victories by submission, accounting for 62% of his career total (13). His methods of choice: two rear-naked chokes, two guillotine chokes, one triangle choke, one anaconda choke, one triangle armbar and one arm-triangle choke. Topuria owns four other wins by knockout or technical knockout (31%) and one more by decision (7%).

100,000: Dollars in post-fight bonuses banked by Topuria across his five assignments in the UFC. He has been awarded “Performance of the Night” twice.

63: Seconds needed for Topuria to dispatch Kalil Martin El Chalibi with a rear-naked choke at a Climent Club show on May 9, 2015. More than eight years later, it remains his fastest finish to date.

.794: Cumulative winning percentage between the five opponents—Mitchell, Jai Herbert, Ryan Hall, Damon Jackson and Youssef Zalal—Topuria has beaten since he linked arms with the UFC in 2020. They sport a combined record of 70-17-3.
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