Kyle Daukaus thought he would exit UFC Vegas 38 with a win, but instead will go home with a no-contest on his record after his fight with Kevin Holland ended in a bizarre set of circumstances.
The streak leading to the finish began after both fighters plunged their heads down in an exchange of strikes and collided violently with each other. Unfortunately, it was Holland who got the worst of it after being nearly knocked out by the accidental headbutt, crashing into the canvas.
Referee Dan Miragliotta almost stepped in to stop the match but instead let the action continue with Daukaus seizing the moment by pouring out the penalty and eventually wrapping up a standing, rear, naked, choking submission against the cage .
When it was clear that there was no escape, Holland tapped out and for a moment it looked like Daukaus would take the biggest win of his young UFC career.
As soon as the fight ended, Miragliotta started talking to the other front-line officials about a replay that clearly showed the main fight, which then led to Daukaus’s finish. While Miragliotta admitted seeing the unintentional mistake, he let the fight go on saying he was starting to fight back Holland.
After a long discussion, the decision was finally made to declare the fight a no-contest, as the entry came after the Netherlands had clearly been compromised by the clash of heads.
The fighters shook hands with Holland and Daukaus in the cage and both promised to turn it back at some point in the future after a disappointing end to the co-main event in Las Vegas.