‘Thug Nasty’ To The Rescue! Mitchell Fights Emmett At UFC 296

 Mitchell v Ige
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Bryce Mitchell is set to save the day at UFC 296 in Las Vegas next weekend (Sat., Dec. 16, 2023).

Josh Emmett (18-4) won’t be left without an opponent after his original match up with Giga Chikadze fell through after Chikadze recently tore his groin. UFC announced today (Weds., Dec. 6, 2023) that Mitchell (16-1) will replace the Georgian striker in a Featherweight clash with the veteran, Emmett.

Mitchell, 29, last competed against Dan Ige, where he won a unanimous decision to get back in the win column at UFC Vegas 79 in September 2023. The bout was Mitchell’s first since his lone career loss in a rough second round arm-triangle choke defeat to Ilia Topuria at UFC 282 in December 2022 (watch highlights).

The bout gives Emmett, 38, the opportunity to snap the first losing streak of his 22-fight career after back-to-back defeats against Yair Rodriguez and Topuria.

The full UFC 296 line up can be seen below.

  • 170 lbs.: (C)Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington
  • 125 lbs.: (C)Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval
  • 170 lbs.: Stephen Thompson vs Shavkat Rakhmonov
  • 155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Paddy Pimblett
  • 170 lbs.: Vicente Luque vs. Ian Garry
  • 125 lbs.: Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Cody Durden
  • 125 lbs.: Ariane Lipski vs. Casey O’Neill
  • 135 lbs.: Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa
  • 170 lbs.: Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • 205 lbs.: Dustin Jacoby vs. Alonzo Menifield
  • 135 lbs.: Cody Garbrandt vs. Brian Kelleher
  • 145 lbs.: Josh Emmett vs. Bryce Mitchell
  • 265 lbs.: Martin Buday vs. Shamil Gaziev
  • 145 lbs.: Lucas Almeida vs. Andre Fili