The fight game is full of surprises, and Bryce Mitchell is stepping into the spotlight once again. The Arkansas native has answered the call, replacing the injured Giga Chikadze in a featherweight showdown against Josh Emmett at UFC 296 on December 16.
Mitchell's entrance into this high-stakes bout comes as a last-minute switch, happening in less than two weeks' notice. Known for his relentless grappling skills, Mitchell, fondly referred to as "Thug Nasty," boasts an impressive UFC record, securing victories over formidable opponents like Edson Barboza, Andre Fili, Charles Rosa, and most recently, Dan Ige. His current standing as UFC No. 10 ranked featherweight showcases his prowess in the division, with a record of 16 wins and only 1 loss.
Opposite Mitchell stands the seasoned Josh Emmett, 38, aiming to break free from the first losing streak of his career. Emmett's recent setbacks against Yair Rodriguez and Ilia Topuria have challenged his resilience after a strong run of victories over the likes of Calvin Kattar, Dan Ige, Shane Burgos, Mirsad Bektic, and Michael Johnson. Despite his recent challenges, Emmett remains a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight landscape, holding the No. 6 spot in UFC rankings with an 18-4 record.
UFC 296, set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, promises an electrifying night of fights. The event is headlined by two title bouts, featuring Leon Edwards facing off against Colby Covington and Alexandre Pantoja squaring up against Brandon Royval.
Mitchell’s sudden inclusion into this highly anticipated event injects a fresh wave of excitement and unpredictability. With the stage set and anticipation building, fight enthusiasts are eager to witness this unexpected clash between Mitchell and Emmett, adding another layer of intensity to an already stacked fight card.