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.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 3, 2021
Unfortunate circumstances for Holland. Daukaus gets the submission win, but it all started with a clash of heads that dropped Holland and hurt him badly. #UFCVegas38
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 3, 2021
Holland got knocked out cold by the headbutt, woke up, and then got finished. That's a no contest. You cannot call that a win for Daukaus
— Davey Grant UltraMegaFan! (@714155Stan) October 3, 2021
Mad respect for Kevin Holland, who fought on after he appeared to be knocked out by a vicious clash of heads. Kyle Daukaus was smart to go all in for the finish/submission. NSAC just reviewed it, but the call stands. Wow.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) October 3, 2021
Sucks for both Daukaus and Holland but that was the right call. #ufcVegas38
— Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) October 3, 2021
On the replay, you can see Holland's eyes completely roll back as his head clashed with Daukaus'. It was all downhill from there. Rough way for this one to go for Holland #UFCVegas38
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 3, 2021
— PottyDEDtyl (@Pottydactyl) October 3, 2021
The NC is the fairest way to handle this situation. It’s not that Daukaus did something wrong, but the subsequent follow up was clearly based on a compromised Holland, whom was rendered unconscious. Love this decision and hope they run it back!!! #UFCVegas37
— Johnny HammerSticks 🐺 (@JooohnyG63) October 3, 2021
— Mikey Bats (@MikeJBknows) October 3, 2021
No matter the outcome of Holland vs Daukaus someone is getting screwed
Cheap win or no win bonus. Wtf
— Kyle into Crypto (@KOWithKyle1) October 3, 2021
It seems like a no brainer but I'm on the fence about this too(leaning more to good call). There are a lot of fights where going back to watch film u will catch a headbutt/poke/or something illegal before the sequence. This could be the start of a good trend or slippery slope 🤷🏿♂️ https://t.co/vLGD99CLMc
— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) October 3, 2021
Clash of heads leaves Holland with a bloody mouth, and Daukaus capitalizes and gets the finish.
Holland was OUT on that clash of heads… man. #UFCVegas38
— E. Spencer Kyte (@spencerkyte) October 3, 2021
WOW. Kyle Daukaus just dropped Kevin Holland due to a clash of heads and then finishes him by rear-naked choke!!! HOLY CRAP! Will replay be used? #UFCVegas38
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) October 3, 2021
Kevin Holland deflated after UFC ruling
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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