Fight of the year? UFC fighters react to Josh Emmett-Shane Burgos brawl

It wasn’t a surprise that the Josh Emmett vs. Shane Burgos co-main event Saturday was an entertaining slugfest, but even with high expectations, the bout managed to put fellow UFC fighters in awe.

Francis Ngannou called it the fight of the night, but Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo went even further, calling it a fight-of-the-year candidate.

It will go in the record books as a win by unanimous decision for Emmett, but nobody was calling Burgos a loser after the Fight Night at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.

“I said I’m willing to go through anything just to get my hand raised, and I mean it,” Emmett said. “I think a lot of people in my position, what I just experienced, would have just quit. In the first like 45 seconds, I think I blew my ACL and it was just giving out, I’ve never experienced anything like that. It was painful, but the first thing in my mind was I just have to adapt to it and fight on one leg.”

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