In the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5, standouts Gray Maynard and Rob Emerson met in a collision between promising prospects. Only one could come out with his arm raised, however, on this night, neither man did.
After hurting Emerson early with a body shot, it was clear that Gray Maynard smelled blood in the water. At the start of Round 2, Maynard scored a power double-leg takedown that was too much for his opponent to take. After being slammed into the canvas, Emerson grimaced in pain and tapped out due to an injured rib.
However, Maynard spiked his own head on the mat when landing and seemingly knocked himself unconscious in the process. Maynard denies ever losing consciousness, but it was clear to the audience that he was unable to continue.
Without a precedent on how to move forward, there was no clear ruling on what to do. Emerson certainly didn't beat Maynard, but "The Bully" couldn't go on with the fight, either.
The bout was ruled a no-contest, which saved Emerson from adding a loss to his record, but irritated Maynard, who dominated every minute of the action.