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Robert Michael Emerson (born July 30, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist (MMA) fighter. Emerson is a former Pancrase and King of the Cage fighter. He currently fights in the UFC's lightweight division and was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 5.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

The Ultimate FighterEdit

On episode 3 of The Ultimate Fighter 5, Emerson faced eventual winner of the show, Nate Diaz. In the second round of an exciting and back and forth fight Diaz managed to secure a rear naked choke for the win. However, BJ Penn told the viewers that he could not take anything away from Emerson, as he had given the fight his all. After Gabe Ruediger was taken off the show for his inability to make the 155 lb weight limit Dana White brought back Emerson. Corey Hill, Ruediger's initial opponent, picked him to fight.

The first round belonged to Hill as Emerson had problems getting inside on his lanky foe and dealing with his substantial reach advantage.

In the second, the veteran got closer though and was able to potshot Hill and get out of range effectively, and he even locked in a heel hook late in the round when the action hit the mat, earning him the round and forcing the bout to a third and deciding stanza.

In the third, both fighters spent most of their time circling each other, and while Emerson appeared to score the most effective blows of the round with kicks to the leg, the decision went to the more aggressive Hill, who put Team Pulver back in the win column and in control heading into episode seven.

UFC careerEdit

Emerson faced fellow Team Penn teammate Gray Maynard on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. With Maynard dominating the first round (the only effective work of Emerson's being a flying knee and a takedown), when the second round began Gray picked up his opponent and slammed him to the canvas. Emerson, due to an aggravated injury of the ribs, submitted. However, during the fall Maynard accidentally spiked himself on the floor and seemingly rendered himself unconscious. The bout was declared a no-contest despite protests from a visibly angry Maynard. Later, doctors ruled that Maynard did not have a concussion. Maynard offered this diagnosis as proof that he had not been knocked unconscious during the fight. Both fighters have expressed interest in a rematch.

He then knocked out Manny Gamburyan at UFC 87 in only 12 seconds, earning "Knockout of the Night" honors.

His next fight was against Kurt Pellegrino at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens. Emerson lost the fight at 3.14 of the second round due to submission (rear naked choke); the first submission loss of Emerson's career.

Emerson currently trains his striking with Colin Oyama, the former trainer of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. He was scheduled to fight George Sotiropoulos at UFC 101 but was forced to withdraw because of a hand injury and was replaced by George Roop.[1]

Emerson lost a bout by decision to Rafael dos Anjos on September 19, 2009, at UFC 103. Emerson agreed to the contest after Matt Wiman was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury.[2]

Emerson next faced Phillipe Nover on February 6, 2010, at UFC 109[3] and won a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Personal lifeEdit

Rob and his girlfriend Candy had their first child, a daughter in 2008. [4]

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department website, Rob Emerson was arrested on September 19, 2007 and was sent to the Musick Jail in Irvine California. [5]

MMA recordEdit

Record Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time Location
9-8 (1) Win United States flag Phillipe Nover Decision (Unanimous) UFC 109: Relentless 2010-02-06 3 5.00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
8–8 (1) Loss Brazil flag Rafael dos Anjos Decision (Unanimous) UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort 2009-09-19 3 5:00 United States flag Dallas, Texas, US
8–7 (1) Loss United States flag Kurt Pellegrino Submission (Rear naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens 2009-02-07 2 3:14 United States flag Tampa, Florida, US
8–6 (1) Win Armenia flag Manvel Gamburyan KO (Punches) UFC 87: Seek and Destroy 2008-08-09 1 0:12 United States flag Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
7–6 (1) Win Japan flag Keita Nakamura Decision (Split) UFC 81: Breaking Point 2008-02-02 3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
6–6 (1) No Contest United States flag Gray Maynard Double KO The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale 2007-06-23 2 0:39 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
6–6 Win Japan flag Kenji Arai Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase- Blow 6 2006-08-27 3 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
5–6 Win Japan flag Takafumi Ito Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase- Blow 4 2006-05-02 3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
4–6 Win United States flag Jamie Schmidt TKO TC 13 – Anarchy 2006-03-11 2 1:02 United States flag Del Mar, California, US
3–6 Win United States flag Julian Samaniego TKO KOTC – Flash Point 2005-09-23 1 2:15 United States flag San Jacincto, California, US
2–6 Loss United States flag Melvin Guillard Decision (Split) RCF – Cold Hearted 2005-02-19 3 5:00 United States flag Biloxi, Mississippi, US
2–5 Loss United States flag Randy Velarde Decision (Majority) KOTC – Revenge 2004-11-14 2 5:00 United States flag San Jacincto, California, US
2–4 Win United States flag Joe Camacho Decision (Unanimous) KOTC – San Jacinto 2004-09-24 2 5:00 United States flag San Jacincto, California, US
1–4 Win United States flag Justin Berkley Submission (Choke) TC 3 – Total Combat 3 2004-05-30 2 N/A Mexico flag Tijuana, Mexico
0–4 Loss Japan flag Dokonjonosuke Mishima Decision (Unanimous) DEEP – 14th Impact 2004-04-18 3 5:00 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
0–3 Loss United States flag Javier Vazquez Decision (Split) Shooto USA – Warrior Spirit: Evolution 2003-11-14 3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
0–2 Loss United States flag Jamal Perkins Decision (Unanimous) KOTC 19 – Street Fighter 2002-12-07 2 5:00 United States flag San Jacincto, California, US
0–1 Loss United States flag Jens Pulver Decision UW – Ultimate Wrestling 2002-06-29 3 N/A United States flag Minneapolis, Minnesota, US



  1. Cut forces Rob Emerson out of UFC 101 bout; George Roop reported as replacement |
  2. Morgan, John. Injury forces Matt Wiman out of UFC 103, Rob Emerson expected to face Rafael dos Anjos. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved on 2009-07-24.
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  4. A 'New' Rob Emerson gets ready for Nakamura on Saturday. (2008-01-30). Retrieved on 2009-10-20.
  5. Rob Emerson vs. Keita Nakamura Set for UFC 81 |

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