What Does NC Mean in the UFC? | Simply Explained
A fight ending in a No Contest can leave both fighters and fans feeling deflated.
In this page, we'll explain what a No Contest means in the UFC, what events need to happen to have a fight end in an NC, and show examples of when it has occurred in the history of the UFC.
What Does NC Mean in the UFC?
NC on a fighter's record means it is a 'No Contest'. A No Contest means that no fighter won, lost, or drew in the fight.
The most common situations when a No Contest occurs include:
- An accidental injury where the fighter can no longer continue
- Cage problems out of the fighter's control. Marc Goddard famously stopped and ruled a fight an NC after there was so much blood on the cage that it was extremely slippery, to the point where the fighters could barely punch without slipping, and much less stand-up.
- After the fight - Fighters testing positive for banned substances
No Contests That Have Occurred in the UFC
Kevin Holland vs Kyle Daukaus
In one of the weirdest events ever, an accidental headbutt caused Holland to suffer a 'Flash Knockout', but he was able to get back up to his feet.
Kyle Daukaus and Kevin Holland will be running it right back.— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 5, 2021
After Saturday’s bout resulted in a No Contest, both sides have verbally agreed to fight again on Nov. 13, multiple sources told @bokamotoESPN. pic.twitter.com/xvMcILN11v
Holland still compromised, would get choked out only moments later, and Daukus would be declared the winner.
However, the referee would then hold a review of the fight, and in that review, he realized that Holland was knocked out by the accidental headbutt, and the fight should have been ruled a no-contest at that point.
Essentially, the referee used a replay to correct his mistakes, which was the right call, but something that isn't common in the sport.
No contest. I think that’s the right call though I kinda wish the action was stopped when it actually happened. Nevertheless, happy they are using replay to correct injustices. That was a gnarly headbutt.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 3, 2021
Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier 2
Jones would face his biggest rival once again in a rematch, where for the duration of the fight it was extremely close and competitive.
That is until Jones landed a head kick in the 3rd round before finishing Cormier with brutal ground and pound.
However, only days later it was announced that a sample from Jones collected the day before the fight with Cormier, had tested positive for Turinabol.
The fight would then be overturned to a No Contest shortly after.
Dustin Poirier vs Eddie Alvarez 1
In another highly competitive bout, there would be a point where Alvarez would have against the fence.
Dustin Poirier vs. Eddie Alvarez is declared a "no contest" by referee Herb Dean after the latter landed illegal knees. 😩 pic.twitter.com/0zB7CtIFdY— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 14, 2017
At that moment, Alvarez would land several illegal knees on Poirier.
The fight would be announced as a No Contest.
Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz
Anderson Silva would make his long-awaited return after snapping his leg in half 2 years earlier.
This fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 was the last time we saw Nick Diaz compete in MMA, but he left us with an iconic photo. pic.twitter.com/LlkhbC8kcY— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 31, 2020
He would win a unanimous decision vs Nick Diaz in a rather uneventful bout. However, both fighters would test positive for banned substances, and the fight would be ruled a no contest.
Silva would test positive for Drostanolone and Androsterone, while Diaz would test positive for marijuana.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is NC a Draw in the UFC?
A NC is NOT a draw in the UFC, as it is a ruling where neither fighter wins, loses, or ties. It goes at the end of your record, after ties. If you had 10 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw, and 1 no-contest, it would be written like this: 10-0-1, 1 NC.