Nickname The Saint
Weight 155 lbs.
Born July 30, 1981
Fighting out of Irvine, California
Town of birth Newport Beach, California
Fighting style Ruas Vale Tudo, kickboxing
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 2
By submission 1
No contests 1
Robert Michael Emerson, known as Robert "The Saint" Emerson, was born on July 30, 1981. He is an American professional mixed martial artist fighter who currently fights in the UFC's lightweight division.
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 Fight 5 LIVE 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 thus proving that he was not knocked out but merely momentarily dizzy. Both fighters have expressed interest in a rematch.
In his most recent fight, Emerson knocked out Manny Gamburyan at UFC 87 in only 12 seconds.
Rob currently trains his striking with Colin Oyama, the former trainer of Quinton "RAMPAGE" Jackson.
Was part of a gang called The Lords of South County at the age of 20.
According to the Orange County Sheriff's Deptartment website, Rob Emerson was arrested on Sep 19 2007 and was sent to the Musick Jail in Irvine California.  Rob also has a daughter.
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