Thrilling Matchup at UFC Fight Night Florida, Josh Emmett vs. Ilia 'El Matador' Topuria

Josh Emmett vs. Ilia 'El Matador' Topuria
(source : AFP/Carmen Mandato)

UFC Fight Night is set to deliver an exciting lineup of bouts for mixed martial arts (MMA) enthusiasts on Saturday, June 24, 2023. One of the main events features veteran fighter Josh Emmett taking on Ilia Topuria in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

There's a lot at stake in this matchup, including the opportunity to challenge the reigning UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, or his challenger, Yair Rodriguez. Both fighters are scheduled to face each other in July.

Emmett is looking to bounce back after suffering a loss to Rodriguez on February 11. In that fight, the 38-year-old Emmett had to relinquish his interim title after being forced to submit to Rodriguez in the second round.

Emmett (18-3-0) has more experience than his opponent, but in this fight, he is likely to be considered the underdog against Ilia Topuria. El Matador, as Topuria is known, is an undefeated rising star in the UFC featherweight division, with a flawless record of 13 wins.

In UFC 282, El Matador defeated Bryce Mitchell with an arm triangle choke in the second round. He has also successfully defeated other notable fighters such as Jai Herbert and Ryan Hall.

In addition to these two matchups, UFC Fight Night this weekend will also feature other intriguing fights, including a flyweight clash between Amanda Ribas (#9) and Maycee Barber (#11).

The other main fights are as follows:

Heavyweight: Austen Lane vs. Justin Tafa

Featherweight: David Onama vs. Gabriel Santos

Middleweight: Brendan Allen vs. Bruno Silva

UFC Returns to Singapore, Jeka Saragih's Compatriot to Compete

Meanwhile, UFC fights will return to Singapore on August 26. Several exciting matches are scheduled to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, including a showdown between two of the best featherweight fighters in the world, the #2-ranked and former champion, Max "Blessed" Holloway, against the #7-ranked fighter, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.

Another main event will feature a clash between two top middleweight fighters, Chidi "Bang Bang" Njokuani (22-9) from Las Vegas, USA, and Michal "Hussar" Oleksiejczuk (18-6 1NC) from Barki, Poland. In the bantamweight division, Japanese newcomer Rinya "Hybred" Nakamura (7-0) will face Fernie Garcia (10-3) from Dallas, Texas, USA, who is a winner of Dana White's Contender Series.

Nakamura is the winner of Road to UFC Season 1, which also paved the way for Jeka Saragih to become the first Indonesian fighter to sign a contract with the UFC.

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Another exciting matchup features China's grappling sensation, Liang Na (17-6), taking on the veteran American fighter, JJ Aldrich (11-6). In this fight, Liang Na is seeking her first victory in the Octagon.

Mola Extends Partnership with UFC

In separate news, Mola has announced the extension of its partnership with the UFC. The Indonesian entertainment platform has signed a new multi-year broadcast rights agreement, strengthening their existing broadcasting partnership for Indonesia. This move ensures that Mola remains the exclusive media home for the UFC in the region.

Under this new agreement, MOLA will continue to broadcast all UFC events live, including numbered events and Fight Nights, as well as hundreds of hours of original programming such as UFC Countdown, UFC Connected, Road to UFC, and a comprehensive library of classic combat sports events, with a focus on the biggest fights in UFC history.

As part of their ongoing efforts to celebrate the UFC's 30th anniversary this year, Mola will also re-air the primetime broadcast of UFC 290: VOLKANOVSKI vs. RODRIGUEZ on Sunday,July 9.

"The partnership between UFC and MOLA has been exceptional, and we have witnessed tremendous growth in Indonesia. Our fan base in this country has become one of the strongest in Asia, so we are excited to extend our partnership with MOLA into the future and provide the next generation of Indonesian fighters with a platform to shine," said Kevin Chang, Senior Vice President of UFC and Head of Asia, in a recent press release received by Liputan6.com.

Mirwan Suwarso from Mola added, "We are thrilled to continue our exclusive partnership with the UFC on MOLA. MMA is not only the fastest-growing sport worldwide, but also more and more viewers in Indonesia are enthusiastically following the journey of our first local fighter in the UFC, Jeka Saragih."

"Our business is not only based on providing the best entertainment packages to consumers but also reinvesting in the communities where we operate. That's why we are committed to developing local talents to ensure that Jeka is just the first in a long line of Indonesian fighters in the UFC," added Mirwan Suwarso.

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Currently, there are over 700 million UFC fans worldwide, including 233 million combined followers across UFC's social media channels. In Indonesia, the UFC has over 51 million fans, making it the third-highest in Asia.

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