After KO of Ricardo Lamas, Josh Emmett has an opponent in mind for his next figh

After KO of Ricardo Lamas, Josh Emmett has an opponent in mind for his next fight

Earlier this month, in the co-main event of the stacked UFC on Fox 26, Team Alpha Male prospect Josh Emmett made good on a short-notice opportunity, levelling long-time featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas with a first-round punch.

Having earned this career-changing win, Emmett is now ready to run the final stretch to a UFC featherweight title shot. And while he knows the next shot at reigning champion Max Holloway is likely to go to Frankie Edgar, Emmett feels he’s at least earned a number-one-contender fight with Brian Ortega, who recently burst into the title picture with a submission win over Cub Swanson.

“I want to be a world champion like I said, so if something was presented to me like a title shot, like I said, I’ll take that in a heartbeat,” Emmett said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour (h/t Shaun Al-Shatti for . “But I know (Frankie) Edgar and (Max) Holloway, they’re in talks about fighting. I think Edgar has definitely earned it, so what makes the most sense to me is maybe if Brian Ortega and I fight. The winner of us gets the winner of Edgar-Holloway.”

Whoever he fights next, Emmett feels he is finally realizing his potential – potential mentor Urijah Faber has long recognized in him.

“This is the longest I’ve gone without a finish, so I knew I was overdue for one and I kept saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to get one on Saturday,’” he said. “I wanted to go in there and I wanted to do what the current and former champion couldn’t do Lamas, and I did it in the first round. I just, I know where I stack up. I’ve been with Team Alpha Male for over a decade and I know I’m one of the best fighters in the world. Urijah (Faber) told me that when I was 2-0 as a pro.

“(Faber) said, ‘You’re one of the best fighters in the world, just nobody know it yet.’ And I took the hard road, so much adversity, so many injuries, and I fought time and time, ‘Should I keep doing this? Should I keep pursuing it?’ But my goal was always to get in the UFC, and then once I got here, I’m not going to stop until I’m a world champion.”

Who do you want to see Josh Emmett fight next?

This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 26/12/2017.