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Bryce Mitchell releases statement after SCARY knockout loss

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Short-time replacement Bryce Mitchell suffered one of the most brutal knockouts of 2023 in his fight against Josh Emmett at UFC 296.

The heavy-hitting Emmett floored Mitchell with a devastating right hand in the first round, and left him lying on the canvas for several minutes.

“I want to let everybody know that I’m OK,” Mitchell said in a statement on Instagram. “I want to thank you all so much for watching and I’ve just been so blessed this weekend. I cannot complain about anything and really where I messed up is a poor strategy.”

“So my strategy was stick to the jab, make my reads, work my feet, kind of sit on the outside, but that put me to where I’m not putting that forward pressure that I really like to put and it also made me look timid. That’s not how I fight. I fight very aggressive and so I encourage anybody who’s got a fight in their life—not just a fistfight, I’m talking about any type of fight, be aggressive and attack it. Because at least if you go down and you lose that battle, you’re going to know you fought and you went head on towards it. So just a bad strategy by me tonight.”

 

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Emmett hopes win over Bryce Mitchell gets him a title shot

At the post-fight press conference, Josh Emmett claimed that he expects the brutal win can get back in the title mix.

“My goal is to fight for that world title, so there’s nothing that was stopping me from fighting tonight. I didn’t care who was in front of me. There was nothing stopping me from winning.”

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