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UFC Jacksonville Results: Ilia Topuria emerges as title contender

LockerRoom Team
08 July 2023

UFC Jacksonville aka UFC FIGHT NIGHT: EMMETT VS TOPURIA captivated audiences in Asia with a thrilling event broadcasted live from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Ilia Topuria emerged as a legitimate title contender in the featherweight division, remaining undefeated and undeterred with a decision victory over #5-ranked Josh Emmett. While Topuria showcased dominance throughout the fight, Emmett's heart, toughness, and power ensured a highly competitive battle that lasted the full 25 minutes.

"I was expecting to knock him out in the first round, but the guy is really, really tough. I want to say thank you to Josh for bringing so much energy inside the cage. I showed once again that no one can match my level of skill inside the cage. I want what I deserve which is to take the UFC belt. I want to show Alex (Volkanovski) his world is going to end and mine is going to start,” he said after the win.

In the co-main event, women's flyweight #11-ranked Maycee Barber continued her ascent towards the top of the division, extending her winning streak to five with a second-round stoppage against #9-ranked Amanda Ribas. Ribas demonstrated a strong start, but Barber's solid defense and relentless pressure caused damage in the first round. The bout escalated into an exhilarating exchange until Barber secured a dominant position and sealed the victory by TKO.

"I think I just warned the whole 125-pound division, I'm back! I feel like Amanda and I made it fight of the night. I'm a shark, when I see that blood, I'm coming for it. My coach all week said 'I see a head kick' and I put that across her face so I feel really good. I'm going to keep warning these girls!,” Barber noted.

The event provided an action-packed showcase of rising talents, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the future prospects of both Ilia Topuria and Maycee Barber in their respective divisions. You can see the results below.

UFC Jacksonville Results:

MAIN EVENT

  • Ilia Topuria defeats Josh Emmett by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-42, 49-45)

CO-MAIN EVENT

  • Maycee Barber defeats Amanda Ribas by TKO, Round 2, 3:42

MAIN CARD

  • Austen Lane vs Justin Tafa ruled a no contest (accidental eye poke) at 0:29 of Round 1
  • David Onama defeats Gabriel Santos by KO, Round 2, 4:13
  • Brendan Allen defeats Bruno Silva by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:39 of Round 1

PRELIMS

  • Neil Magny defeats Phil Rowe by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Randy Brown defeats Wellington Turman by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mateusz Rębecki defeats Loik Radzhabov by TKO (strikes) at 2:36 of Round 2
  • Tabatha Ricci defeats Gillian Robertson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Joshua Van defeats Zhalgas Zhumagulov by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Chepe Mariscal defeats Trevor Peek by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jack Jenkins defeats Jamall Emmers by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Sedriques Dumas defeats Cody Brundage by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

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