Josh Emmett Biography, Age, UFC, Family, Wife, Height and Net Worth

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  1. What does Josh Emmett do for a living?
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  5. Does Josh Emmett have any children?
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  8. How much money does Josh Emmett earn?
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 Who is Josh Emmett?

Joshua James Emmett (Josh Emmett) is a famous American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Since 2011, he has been a professional competitor and has competed for King of the Cage. Emmett is ranked No. 4 in the UFC featherweight rankings as of March 21, 2022.

Josh Emmett Career

Early career


Following compiling an amateur record of 2-0, Josh began his professional MMA career on October 8, 2011. He then made his debut in Capitol Fighting Championship as a Featherweight. Emmett broke his hand in the first round and went on to fight and managed to get his first victory by unanimous decision. He then had surgery on his broken hand and had a 10-month layoff from competing. Emmett came back to training to prepare for his following bout and broke the same hand on his last sparring session before the fight event. This forced him to take another long break prior to returning to the cage.


After his first professional victory, Emmett made a move to compete in West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC). On August 3, 2013, he made his debut against Mike Ryan, winning by guillotine choke in the first round. He then fought Noah Schnable and beat him in 45 seconds in round one with TKO (punches) on November 16, 2013.


His third opponent with WFC was Adin Duenas on February 15, 2014, winning by unanimous decision. After two months, he fought Tramain Smith at WFC 9 and won the bout in the first round by TKO (punches). He then faced Tony Rios on September 13, 2014, and the judges awarded a victory in Emmett’s favor by a unanimous decision. On November 15, 2014, he faced Brandon Ricetti at WFC 12, in a five-round bout for the lightweight title belt. Emmett loaded with punches, pressing Ricetti to fall forward when Emmett hit him with a knee and he was KO in the fifth round. The bout was ruled a No Decision at first as Ricetti was grounded when he got kneed. After a review, the decision was changed and a win was given to Emmett by unanimous technical decision. Josh was then crowned WFC Lightweight Champion.


After Emmett secured the championship belt, he did not return to compete until almost after one year on October 3, 2015. He faced Rocky Johnson at the KOTC promotion and he showed off his submission skills and won the bout by arm-triangle choke.


He came back to fight in the WFC promotion in Sacramento, CA, USA on January 23, 2016, against a former UFC fighter, Christos Giagos. Josh won the bout by TKO at 2:21 of round 3 and also won the ISCF-International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF) Pro California Lightweight Title.

A photo of Josh Emmett
A photo of Josh Emmett

How old is Josh Emmett?

Joshua James Emmett is aged 37 as of 2022, having been born on March 4, 1985, in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. He shares his birthday with famous people including Adrian Lyne, Audrey Esparza, Catherine O’Hara, Chaz Bono, Emilio Estefan, James Ellroy, James Lankford, Jason Marsalis, Brooklyn Beckham, Dylan Gilmer, and Whitney Bjerken, among others.

Josh Emmett Family

Who are Josh Emmett’s parents?

Joshua James Emmett was born to his parents in Phoenix, Arizona. He has not shared much about his family and parents but it is known that his father passed away more than ten years ago.

Does Josh Emmett have siblings?

Emmett has not shared information about his family and siblings, but he stated in 2010, that he lost his older brother who was suffering from mental illness. However, it is not known how many siblings he has as he has not mentioned them to the media.

Josh Emmett Education

Emmett attended El Camino Fundamental High School, where he started wrestling. After graduating he joined Sacramento City College, where he wrestled his first two seasons at the junior college level. Emmett then transferred to NAIA Menlo College, where he went on to wrestle.

Josh Emmett Interests

Emmett began wrestling in high school and went on to college. After college, he joined Urijah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness to go on with his desire of competing in combat sports. He is an accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappler and won a world championship in the blue belt no-gi division.

Josh Emmett Wife

Emmett is currently married to his beautiful and sexy wife, Vanessa Emmett. It is not clear when they started dating or when they got married, as he has not shared information about her.

Josh Emmett Kids

Emmett and his loving and supportive wife, Vanessa, do not have any children of their own as of the date.

Josh Emmett Height

Nicknamed The Fighting Falmer, Emmett has a well-built, muscular, and athletic body with an average height of 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) and a weight of 66 kg (145 lbs).

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Following garnering a 9-0 record as a professional, he signed with the UFC.


Josh made his promotional debut as a short-notice replacement for injured Nick Hein, against Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 87, on May 8, 2016. Emmett suffered a compound fracture on his left right finer from catching Tuck’s spinning back kick and the referee stopped the bout shortly before restarting. Josh won the bout by split decision (29-28, 28-29,29-28). On August 27, 2016, he was expected to face Jeremy Kennedy at UFC on Fox 21, but he was forced out of the fight because of an injury. He then fought Scott Holtzman at UFC on Fox 22, on December 17, 2016. The three-round bout was a back-and-forth battle and the judges gave the victory to Emmett by unanimous decision.


He then fought promotional newcomer Desmond Green at UFC 210, on April 8, 2017. He was outpointed by Green’s striking and lost the bout by a split decision of 29-28, 28-29, and 30-27. On October 21, 2017, he faced Felipe Arantes in a featherweight fight at UFC Fight Night. He won the bout by unanimous decision and dedicated the victory to his friend’s son, who has a heart condition, at the age of 11 and has gone through experimental surgery. Emmett then fought Ricardo Lamas at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos on December 16, 2017. However, at the weigh-ins, he weighed in at 148.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds more than the featherweight upper limit of 146 pounds. The fight went on at a catchweight and he forfeited 30% of his purse to Lamas. He then won the bout by knockout in the first round.


Josh fought Jeremy Stephens on February 24, 2018, at UFC on Fox 28, in Orlando, Florida, Although he hurt Stephens in the first round, Emmett lost the bout by knockout in the second round, after being hurt with an illegal knee and blows to the back of the head. Due to this, he was sidelined for the remaining of 2018, following undergoing successful surgery to correct facial injuries sustained during the Stephens bout.


Emmett then fought Michael Johnson at UFC on ESPN 2, on March 30, 2019, winning the bout by knockout in the third round. On July 13, 2019, he fought Mirsad Bektic at UFC Fight Night. He won the bout by technical knockout in round one and received the Performance of the Night award.


Emmett was scheduled to fight Arnold Allen at UFC Fight Night 166, on January 25, 2020. However, Emmett pulled out of the bout citing an undisclosed injury, and his place was taken by Nik Lentz. On May 2, 2020, he was expected to fight Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Wiedman. However, Dana White, the president of UFC, announced on April 9, that the event was postponed to a later date.

With only one fight left on his deal, he signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC. He then fought Shane Burgos on June 20, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov as the first fight of the new prevailing deal. Emmett won the fight by unanimous decision and received the Fight of the Night award. He was later sidelined for the remainder of 2020 and most of 2021, recovering from a litany of injuries to his left leg sustained in the bout, including an ACL tear.


On December 11, 2021, Emmett faced Dan Ige at UFC 269, winning the bout by unanimous decision.


On June 18, 2022, Josh fought Calvin Kattar in the main event at UFC on ESPN 37. He won the close fight by split decision and the fight was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Josh Emmett Net Worth

American professional mixed martial artist Emmett has been active from 2011 to the present. He is currently competing for UFC and has garnered an accumulative net worth of approximately $2 million as of 2022.