Former interim Featherweight Championship challenger Josh Emmett takes on Ilia Topuria in the headline event of UFC on ABC 5 on 24th June.
The event takes place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena and is the UFC's sixth event to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, and the first since UFC 273 in April 2022, when Aljamain Sterling claimed a split decision win over Petr Yan in a bantamweight title bout.
The clash between Emmett and Topuria was originally expected to be the main event of UFC on ESPN 47 one week earlier, but was rescheduled to headline in Jacksonville, with a middleweight match-up between Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier now the main event on that card.
|What||UFC on ABC 5|
|Where||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida|
|When||20:00, Saturday 24th June 2023|
|How to watch||UFC Fight Pass & BT Sport|
Emmett, 38, is returning to the octagon for the first time since falling short in his bid to claim the UFC Featherweight Championship as he suffered a second round defeat to Yair Rodríguez in February in Perth, Australia.
Prior to that defeat, the ‘Fighting Falmer’ had recorded five wins in a row and he is currently ranked as the #5 in the UFC Featherweight rankings.
Topuria, who represents Georgia and Spain, is unbeaten in 13 MMA contests and this will be his sixth bout in the UFC.
The German-born 26-year-old has won his last four fights inside the first two rounds and was last in action in December as he stopped Bryce Mitchell by submission at UFC 282 in Paradise, Nevada.
Topuria is ranked at #9 in the UFC Featherweight rankings and has one lightweight win on his record over Jai Herbert in March 2022.
His wins over both Herbert and Mitchell were both considered the Performance of the Night on those respective cards.
The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th June 2023.
The early preliminary card gets under way at 20:00 with the preliminary card set for 22:00 and the main card is due to begin at 00:00.
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, has been selected to host UFC on ABC 5.It's the first time the UFC has been held in Jacksonville since April 2022 and the sixth time overall.
It's a multi-purpose arena in the city and was formerly known as Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena after opening in 2003 until 2019.
The arena currently serves as the home of ECHL outfit the Jacksonville Icemen, the Jacksonville Giants of the American Basketball Association and National Arena League team the Jacksonville Sharks.
Yes. The early preliminary card is available on UFC Fight Pass with the preliminary card and main card is expected to be broadcast on BT Sport.
No. There are no titles on the line in this event.
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