The fight was declared a no-contest after an accidental clash of heads led to Holland (21-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) getting badly rocked and then shortly after submitted by Daukaus (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
The bout served as the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 193 in Las Vegas. The entire card streamed on ESPN+.
It was a competitive contest up until the clash of heads. Both fighters were landing good shots and Holland was doing a good job at defending Daukaus’ takedowns.
Halfway through the round, both fighters went in for a takedown, and the two collided heads, with Daukaus’s forehead smashing into Holland’s chin.
Holland was visibly hurt from the clash, as he fell face-first to the canvas. Daukaus immediately jumped on him and followed up with ground-and-pound. The referee hesitated to stop the fight due to the illegal shot, but allowed the action to continue.
Holland seemed to briefly recover, but Daukaus was all over him with submission attempts. Daukaus eventually worked his way to the back and tapped out Holland with a rear-naked choke.
The commission officials and referees present gathered and discussed the head clash after the conclusion of the fight, as they reviewed the replay. They deemed it an accidental headbutt and ruled it was a no-contest result.
This MW bout ends in a No Contest.
— UFC (@ufc) October 3, 2021
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Holland entered the fight on a two-fight losing streak, which had snapped a five-fight unbeaten run that marked an impressive 2020 campaign. Daukaus was also hoping to get back in his winning ways, as he was coming off a decision loss to Phil Hawes back in May.
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