VIDEO: Judges Overturn Kevin Holland’s Loss to ‘No-Contest’ in Controversial Decision After a Headbutt

Published 10/02/2021, 8:56 PM EDT


Kevin Holland returned to action for the third time this year for a tough assignment against Kyle Daukaus. Leading up to the contest, a lot of focus was on Holland and his wrestling skills, which he said he had been working on in preparation for the fight. 

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Given he had secured 80% of his wins via submission going into the fight, Daukaus was a perfect fight for Holland to test his improvements in the wrestling department. 

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The fight started as most and pundits alike would have expected. Daukaus immediately shot for a takedown and tried to test Holland’s wrestling defense. However, this time around, Holland was able to stay on his feet and did not succumb to the very first takedown attempt by his opponent. As the fight progressed, Holland was able to display the improvement in his game a lot better, until an unfortunate headbutt ended the fight for him. 

A bizarre end to the fight between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus

During the first round itself, Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus clashed heads as they were throwing punches. As soon as they clashed heads, Holland immediately hit the floor and was out for a brief period of time. At this point, Daukaus pounced on his opponent and almost had a guillotine choke secured on the ground.

Following a few scrambles, Daukaus was able to secure the back and sink in a rear-naked choke to which Holland tapped. After the fight was stopped, the referee, Dan Miragliotta, along with the athletic commission, reviewed the accidental headbutt. Following a lot of deliberation, it was decided to call the bout a no-contest because of the headbutt.

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Jon Anik shared his take on the issue at hand.

Another angle showed how brutal the headbutt was.

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Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian shared their take on the matter.

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What did you make of the fight between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus? Do you agree with the no-contest decision? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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