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