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UFC Jacksonville: Ilia Topuria punishes Josh Emmett for 5 rounds to stay undefeated

Ilia Topuria put on the performance of a lifetime, dominating Josh Emmett and making Emmett’s face barely recognizable in a one-sided beatdown Saturday in the main event of UFC on ABC 5 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Topuria won by scores of 50-42, 50-44 and 49-45 and the outcome was never really in doubt. Yahoo Sports scored it 50-44 for Topuria.

The only thing that marred what is clearly a star-making turn for the 14-0 Topuria was the failure of either Emmett’s corner or referee Marc Godard to stop the fight. They could have stopped it after the third when Emmett’s left eye was closed by Topuria’s piston-like jab.

But there was no reason for it to go on after four, with Emmett having taken a terrible beating and Topuria far ahead on the cards. The only chance Emmett had in the fifth was landing a huge punch and knocking Topuria out.

No one in the UFC has more heart or is tougher than Emmett, but he took a beating that will stay with him for a long time. That wasn’t necessary.

Topuria was dominant in every aspect and midway through the fifth, as Emmett was looking for the home run, he showed his ring IQ was high, too. He took Emmett down and basically kept the fight on the ground in the last 2:30 of the fifth to prevent Emmett from getting that out-of-nowhere KO.

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