Rob Emerson

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Rob Emerson
BornRobert Michael Emerson
(1981-07-30) July 30, 1981 (age 37)
Newport Beach, California, United States
Other namesThe Saint
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight149 lb (68 kg; 10.6 st)
DivisionLightweight (2002–2012)
Featherweight (2013–present)
Bantamweight (2014–present)
Reach71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofIrvine, California, United States
TeamTeam Oyama
Kings MMA
Church Boyz Wrestling
Rank     Black belt in Kyokushin Karate
Years active2002–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission7
By decision8
By submission1
By decision11
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Robert Michael Emerson (born July 30, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 2002, Emerson is also a veteran of Bellator MMA, the UFC, Pancrase, and was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Emerson is currently the #44 ranked Bantamweight fighter in the world according to[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

On episode three of The Ultimate Fighter 5, Emerson faced eventual winner of the show, Nate Diaz. In the second round of an exciting, 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.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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 had not suffered a concussion during the fight.[3] Maynard offered this diagnosis as proof that he had not been knocked unconscious during the fight.

In his next fight he won a split decision over Keita Nakamura at UFC 81. Nakamura dropped Emerson with a big knee at the end of the first round after Emerson had outstruck him for much of the round up until that point. Emerson came back strong in the second round landing crisp combinations that left Nakamura's face a mess at the end of the round. Nakamura scored takedowns in the third round on a visibly tiring Emerson while also landing some strong knees but it was not enough to win him the split decision as the scores read (30–27, 28–29, and 30–27) in favor of Emerson.

He then knocked out Manvel 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 professional 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.[4]

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.[5]

Emerson next faced Phillipe Nover on February 6, 2010, at UFC 109[6] and won a unanimous decision.

Emerson most recently faced Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 21. He lost via unanimous decision and Emerson was released from his UFC contract.

Independent promotions[edit]

Emerson defeated Rodney Rhoden by TKO in round one at Pure Combat 12.

Emerson faced Eric Reynolds at AOF 10 on December 4, 2010. He won the fight via split decision. [7]

Emerson fought Justin Salas at Full Force Fighting: Vol. 1 on January 29, 2011. Emerson lost to Salas via unanimous decision.[8]

Emerson defeated WEC Veteran Savant Young at Tachi Palace Fighting 12: Second Coming via rear-naked choke submission in round three.

Emerson defeated Jason Williams at FCOC: Fight Club OC via rear naked choke. Following this, he fought at the next Fight Club OC event, defeating Musa Toliver by triangle choke.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Emerson was expected to face Patricio Freire at Bellator 97 on July 31, 2013, when he makes his Featherweight and Bellator Debut. On July 12, 2013, it was announced that Emerson had to withdraw due to injury and was replaced by Jared Downing.

Emerson eventually made his Bellator debut against Jared Downing on October 18, 2013 at Bellator 104. He won the fight via heel hook submission in the first round.

Emerson made his Bantamweight debut against Joe Taimanglo on April 11, 2014 at Bellator 116. He won via unanimous decision.

Emerson faced Rafael Silva at Bellator 127 on October 3, 2014.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Post-fight, Emerson failed his drug test for the prescription drug Provigil (Modafinil), which has been prohibited by WADA for a decade. He was suspended for 270 days and fined $2,500.

Personal life[edit]

Rob and his girlfriend Candy had their first child, a daughter in 2008. [10]

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.[11]

On July 23, 2013, Ian McCall announced via Twitter that he had caught Emerson engaging in sexual activities with his estranged wife Shay McCall.[12]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–12 (1) Shamil Shakhbulatov Decision (unanimous) ACB 87: Whiteford vs Mousah May 19, 2018 3 5:00 Nottingham, England
Loss 19–12 (1) Raufeon Stots Decision (unanimous) VFC 56 April 14, 2017 5 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Lost the VFC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 19–11 (1) Ryan Roberts TKO (knee injury) VFC 54 December 9, 2016 1 1:34 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Won the VFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 18–11 (1) Shawn West Submission (rear-naked choke) VFC 51 June 24, 2016 3 5:00 Urbandale, Iowa, United States Won the VFC Bantamweight Championship.
Loss 17–11 (1) Rafael Silva Decision (unanimous) Bellator 127 October 3, 2014 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Win 17–10 (1) Joe Taimanglo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 116 April 11, 2014 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Win 16–10 (1) Jared Downing Submission (inverted heel hook) Bellator 104 October 18, 2013 1 1:44 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 15–10 (1) Musa Toliver Submission (triangle choke) FCOC: Fight Club OC October 4, 2012 1 4:20 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 14–10 (1) Jason Williams Submission (rear-naked choke) FCOC: Fight Club OC August 16, 2012 1 2:05 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 13–10 (1) Savant Young Submission (rear-naked choke) TPF 12: Second Coming March 9, 2012 3 4:29 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 12–10 (1) Justin Salas Decision (unanimous) Full Force Fighting: Vol. 1 January 30, 2011 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States For FFF Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–9 (1) Eric Reynolds Decision (split) Art of Fighting 10 December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Estero, Florida, United States
Win 11–9 (1) Rodney Rhoden TKO (punches) Pure Combat 12: Champions for Children September 25, 2010 1 3:33 Clovis, California, United States
Loss 10–9 (1) Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi March 31, 2010 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 10–8 (1) Phillipe Nover Decision (unanimous) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–8 (1) Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss 9–7 (1) Kurt Pellegrino Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens February 7, 2009 2 3:14 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 9–6 (1) Manvel Gamburyan KO (punches) UFC 87 August 9, 2008 1 0:12 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 8–6 (1) Keita Nakamura Decision (split) UFC 81 February 2, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 7–6 (1) Gray Maynard NC (double KO due to slam) The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale June 23, 2007 2 0:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 7–6 Kenji Arai Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Blow 6 August 27, 2006 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–6 Takafumi Ito Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Blow 4 May 2, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–6 Jamie Schmidt TKO (punches) TC 13: Anarchy March 11, 2006 2 1:02 Del Mar, California, United States
Win 4–6 Julian Samaniego TKO (punches) KOTC 61: Flash Point September 23, 2005 1 2:15 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 3–6 Melvin Guillard Decision (split) RCF: Cold Hearted February 19, 2005 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 3–5 Randy Velarde Decision (majority) KOTC 44: Revenge November 14, 2004 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 3–4 Joe Camacho Decision (unanimous) KOTC 41: Relentless September 29, 2004 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2–4 Justin Berkley Submission (arm-triangle choke) TC 3: Total Combat 3 May 30, 2004 2 N/A Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Loss 1–4 Dokonjonosuke Mishima Decision (unanimous) Deep: 14th Impact April 18, 2004 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 1–3 Javier Vazquez Decision (split) Shooto USA: Warrior Spirit: Evolution November 14, 2003 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1–2 Chris Brennan Submission (achilles lock) Hitman Fighting 3 May 2, 2003 N/A N/A Santa Ana, California, United States
Loss 0–2 Jamal Perkins Decision (unanimous) KOTC 19: Street Fighter December 7, 2002 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 0–1 Jens Pulver Decision (unanimous) UW: Ultimate Wrestling June 29, 2002 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rob "The Saint" Emerson's Tapology Profile". Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  2. ^ "Fightmatrix official Bantamweight rankings".
  3. ^ "Notes: Maynard beats himself". Yahoo! Sports. June 23, 2007.
  4. ^ John Morgan. "Cut forces Rob Emerson out of UFC 101 bout; George Roop reported as replacement".
  5. ^ Morgan, John. "Injury forces Matt Wiman out of UFC 103, Rob Emerson expected to face Rafael dos Anjos". Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  6. ^ "ROB EMERSON VS. PHILLIPE NOVER AT UFC 109". Retrieved 2009-10-29.
  7. ^ "Rob Emerson decisions Eric Reynolds & 170 lb prospect Raul Amaya notches 1st round KO at AOF 10 in FL". 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  8. ^ Tatum, Rob (30 January 2011). "Full Force Fighting: Salas defeats Emerson". MMA DieHards. Archived from the original on 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  9. ^ "Bellator 127 Main Card Finalized with Rafael Silva and Rob Emerson Bantamweight Tilt".
  10. ^ "A 'New' Rob Emerson gets ready for Nakamura on Saturday". 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  11. ^ Dann Stupp. "Rob Emerson vs. Keita Nakamura Set for UFC 81".
  12. ^ "Ian McCall Twitter Comments in regards of catching Rob Emerson with his wife". 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-07-23.

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