'Holy crap': UFC world erupts over controversial fight ending

·Sports Reporter
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Kevin Holland (pictured left) knocked out via a head-butt before he was submitted by Kyle Daukaus (pictured right).
Kevin Holland was knocked out via a head-butt (pictured) before he was submitted in his UFC bout with Kyle Daukaus, which was ruled a no-contest. (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

The fight between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus ended in drama after a lengthy review resulted in the bout being ruled a no-contest.

Holland was knocked-out in the middleweight fight as he collapsed in a heap on the floor before he somehow regained consciousness.

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But, clearly dazed, Daukaus capitalised on Holland's state and forced him to tap with a rear-naked choke.

However, the controversy started after the submission.

Officials appeared to spot Holland's collapse was due to a vicious clash of heads.

After looking at the replay and conferring with Jeff Mullen, the Nevada Athletic Commission’s assistant executive director, and fellow referee Herb Dean, Miragliotta changed it from a submission victory for Daukaus to a no contest.

Fans were left shocked at the huge decision, but ultimately agreed with it.

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Despite the decision of a no-contest, Holland thought he deserved the loss.

The American said he felt he should have 'protected himself at all times'.

"I never thought about a no-contest," Holland said in the post-match press conference.

"I'm not that type of person.

"As far as I am concerned he knocked me out and choked me out in one fight."

The duo have reportedly agreed for a rematch after the no-contest.

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