Call this one the battle of the guys on the edge of being tossed from the UFC. Keita Nakamura is 0-2 in the UFC with decision losses to Brock Larson and Drew Fickett. Emerson did pretty badly during season 5 of TUF and followed that up with a wacky no contest ‘double KO’ with Grey Maynard. Yeah, I know it’s not techically a double KO because Emerson tapped and Maynard was knocked unconscious, but there’s no quick and easy way to say that.
Anyways, we’d reported a while back that Emerson was in jail (again). The whole thing was very shady and many people had their doubts about if/when/why Emerson was back in the clink. But with the signing of this fight MMAJunkie lets us in on the skinny, as is known now:
Since then, Emerson’s status has been sketchy. According to the Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department website, Emerson was arrested Sept. 19 for unknown reasons. MMAjunkie.com spoke to a representative with the sheriff’s press office on numerous occasions and confirmed that Emerson had, in fact, been arrested. However, more than a dozen requests for additional information and records of the arrest were continually put off. We were repeatedly told to call back, and at other times, we were told the records has been misplaced or that they simply couldn’t be found.
During our digging into that story, we did learn that Emerson had been arrested before â€” years before he appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter” â€” as part of his involvement with a gang called “The Lords of South County.” (The disturbing details of the arrest can be found in a 2000 FOX 11 news report.)
Now apparently a free man, Emerson will take on Nakamura, a veteran of the Japanese fight scene.
I don’t really care what happens with this fight … unless one of these guys has turned their life around and completely changed their training regiment, I expect more of the same from them.