Urijah Faber Says Josh Emmett Was Ghosted During UFC 276: “Dana, I Hope You See This”

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Las Vegas, NV — UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber was connected manus for the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 2 grappling tourney connected Sunday, but determination was much than conscionable mat enactment connected his mind.

In summation to previewing the upcoming Song Yadong vs. Cory Sandhagen fight, Faber opened up, and past some, astir Josh Emmett’s attraction astatine UFC 276 implicit the weekend.

As is tradition, galore fighters including respective existent contenders showed up for the PPV event. But Emmett, who trains astatine Faber’s Team Alpha Male, coiled up being treated arsenic if helium was Persona Non Grata, banished to the backmost rows and excluded from immoderate aerial clip connected the broadcast.

“I was ace disappointed and Josh was also, successful the information that helium wasn’t treated that large this past week. We were expecting him to beryllium there, sidelines. He’s beaten truthful galore guys successful ascendant fashion, he’s had immoderate large injuries, and helium needs that combat adjacent for the 145 lb belt. He’s the feline that tin lucifer up good with [Alexander] Volkanovski, who tin battalion a punch that puts radical people retired acold with 1 punch, helium tin grip volume, he’s wrestled his full life, wrestled successful college. That’s the match-up,” Faber told Cageside Press and different media outlets astatine the Invitational. Given that Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez person been beaten by immoderate of the different apical guys, “Josh is the guy. We were hoping to get the camera connected him watching the event, and to beryllium honest, it was benignant of a mishap, but helium had a truly atrocious experience.”

According Faber, Emmett “was enactment mode backmost successful the seating, not adjacent with the remainder of the guys and had to find his mode by himself upstairs due to the fact that they person peons moving information that are getting paid minimum wage that are like, ‘Hey, you can’t travel this way.’ He’s not a confrontational feline unless you’re paying him to bushed idiosyncratic up. He was truly upset that determination wasn’t much made of the information that he’s the feline successful line. I’m going to speech to Dana [White] astir it and speech to Hunter [Campbell] and fto them cognize that it’s truly bullsh*t.”

Later, Faber referred to Emmett arsenic Milton from Office Space, continually having his table pushed backmost until he’s successful the basement. Worse, Emmett was dismayed capable to privation for his release.

“Last night, helium was similar ‘F-this, I privation they’d conscionable merchandise me, I get nary respect, blah blah blah. I deliberation I’m going to driblet down to 135 to combat Sean O’Malley, due to the fact that that’s who’s getting each the credit,'” Faber recounted Emmett arsenic saying. While the seating placement was admittedly a mishap, the deficiency of an interrogation was nary little distressing.

“Nothing, ghosted. It’s truly bittersweet and his woman was livid, helium was livid and helium was conscionable like, ‘What bash I person to bash to get a small spot of respect?’’ Faber added. “So Dana, I anticipation you spot this and recognize that it’s Josh’s time.”