Dan Miragliotta Defends Stoppage of Johny Hendricks Amir Sadollah Fight at UFC 101

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emfleek
8/11/09 11:34:01AM
"When you get to see the fight in slow motion, you can see that [Amir Sadollah (1-1)] was out and then, after a couple of strikes, wakes back up and starts trying to stand back up," UFC referee Dan Miragliotta told Fighters.com Sunday night in response to the outrage here and across the MMA media after John Hendricks (6-0) TKO’d the charasmatic The Ultimate Fighter 7 champ Sadollah in 29 seconds in Hendricks’s Octagon debut at UFC 101 in Philadelphia Saturday.

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gartface
8/11/09 11:35:48AM
I'm with him.

This is nothing compared to the string stoppages or lack there of that Yves Lavigne went on.
emfleek
8/11/09 11:39:14AM
This about sums it up for me...


Personally, I prefer the occasional quick stoppage to a late stoppage like Josh Rosenthal's in the Brian Bowles vs Miguel Torres fight. No one gets permanent brain damage from a quick stoppage.
fizzle
8/11/09 11:50:51AM
Yeah, I didn't feel there was anything wrong with this stoppage.
D0wnUnd6e6r
8/11/09 11:53:27AM
I still stand by my original thought, not being even pissed about it cause i didin't really care for the outcome of the fight... but i don't think a fight should get stopped when a fighter is already halfway back to his feet. Only my take of the whole thing.
SmileR
8/11/09 11:56:23AM

Posted by emfleek

This about sums it up for me...


Personally, I prefer the occasional quick stoppage to a late stoppage like Josh Rosenthal's in the Brian Bowles vs Miguel Torres fight. No one gets permanent brain damage from a quick stoppage.



If it was a isolated incident or even few and far between I would too but it just seams like every time Miragliotta refs theirs controversy. I'd say out of the last few controversial stoppages he'd have the majority.

I honestly think its time he stopped reffing or was sent on a course. He made a poor decision in the Sadollah fight and his career is littered with even worse ones. He should just stand up and say I made a mistake, he looked rocked but recovered and I stopped the fight to early.

This is the same crap he came out with after the horrible call at the Kimbo - Thompson fight. I have no respect for him as a ref and honestly think he should have his license revoked.

I'v just finished rewatching the Sadollah fight and he clearly says "What are you doing? I'm fine!"
slapshot
8/11/09 12:20:54PM
Dan Miragliotta is human and from my perspective he dose make mistakes but it seems like the trendy thing to do is jump all over every ref for everything.

You know after we chased off Steve Mazzagatti now people want to bead in on Miragliotta, what are you people racist! Seriously though, give him some time in the big leagues and if he makes some consistent mistakes then can him.

I dont have a issue with him and never saw him make huge mistakes.
XblacksheepX
8/11/09 12:58:28PM

Posted by SmileR


Posted by emfleek

This about sums it up for me...


Personally, I prefer the occasional quick stoppage to a late stoppage like Josh Rosenthal's in the Brian Bowles vs Miguel Torres fight. No one gets permanent brain damage from a quick stoppage.



If it was a isolated incident or even few and far between I would too but it just seams like every time Miragliotta refs theirs controversy. I'd say out of the last few controversial stoppages he'd have the majority.

I honestly think its time he stopped reffing or was sent on a course. He made a poor decision in the Sadollah fight and his career is littered with even worse ones. He should just stand up and say I made a mistake, he looked rocked but recovered and I stopped the fight to early.

This is the same crap he came out with after the horrible call at the Kimbo - Thompson fight. I have no respect for him as a ref and honestly think he should have his license revoked.

I'v just finished rewatching the Sadollah fight and he clearly says "What are you doing? I'm fine!"



Miragliotta is the worst ref in the ufc right now. If he refs a fight, it's a 50% chance he'll **** it up.
Wolf
8/11/09 1:04:10PM

Posted by slapshot

Dan Miragliotta is human and from my perspective he dose make mistakes but it seems like the trendy thing to do is jump all over every ref for everything.

You know after we chased off Steve Mazzagatti now people want to bead in on Miragliotta, what are you people racist! Seriously though, give him some time in the big leagues and if he makes some consistent mistakes then can him.

I dont have a issue with him and never saw him make huge mistakes.



Then you haven't watched many fights he reffed.
McBee
8/11/09 1:15:38PM
my problem was is that he called it from behind hendricks not being able to see Amir face and how Hendricks was barely glacing shots off the top of his head. If a guy is out and then recovers quickly the fight can continue, Johnny was not finishing the fight, he was not even connecting.
loffspring
8/11/09 1:54:55PM
I have no real problem with the stoppage, we have the benefit of time and slow motion but the ref has a split second to decide.

Like the article said I'd rather see and early stoppage opposed to a late one.
It can be frustrating for the fans but at least the fighter will probably know his own name in 10 years.
xdanish020
8/11/09 2:43:24PM
So then why did the bozo wait for him to get up before he stopped it.

I think Amir was visibly rocked, I don't think anyone would dispute that, but he was not knocked out and was getting up when he stopped the fight. I was there and I thought it was a bad stoppage, just my .02.
telnights
8/11/09 2:57:14PM

"When you get to see the fight in slow motion, you can see that [Amir Sadollah (1-1)] was out and then, after a couple of strikes, wakes back up and starts trying to stand back up,"


No he wasn't out. Man I didn't think I could dislike Miragliotta anymore but to flat out lie is just BS. I have watched it in slow motion many times now. People that are out don't catch themselves from hitting the ground. After watching it in slow motion its even more clear it was poor stoppage yet again by Miragliotta. You cant even be 100% sure it was a knock down from the slow motion view so how the heck is he saying Amir was out when the fans had a much clearer view than he did.
finnish_line
8/11/09 3:09:23PM

Posted by XblacksheepX

Miragliotta is the worst ref in the ufc right now.




Worse than Mazzagatti? Surely not.
moob
8/11/09 3:12:59PM

Posted by emfleek

"When you get to see the fight in slow motion, you can see that [Amir Sadollah (1-1)] was out and then, after a couple of strikes, wakes back up and starts trying to stand back up," UFC referee Dan Miragliotta told Fighters.com




Wow. Dan must be like superhuman to be able to see that in the replay, or has access to different camera angles from the rest of the planet.

In the split second he made the decision in reality, he was standing behind Hendricks, and couldn't even see Sadollah. Remarkable.
Shadymlm
8/11/09 3:17:45PM
It was definitely an early stoppage and like said before Hendricks punches were grazing Amir at bes andt half of them missed. This was not a Miller lite Bad call!

I wonder if everyone who is saying that they don't have a problem with Dan or the stoppage would be singing the same tune if it happened to their precious Fedor... just food for thought
Brain_Smasher
8/11/09 3:25:59PM
I am ussually the first person to stand up for a ref. People have always complained about every ref in the UFC. Its ussually due to the fact they know the ref, his name and are comfortable with him. At the same time the Pride ref could mess up and few care because knowone knows who he is. BJM got the name Big John McStoppage, everyone said Herb Dean sucked around the Phil Baroni stoppage era. Larry Landless was hated. Now you have Levigne who seems to never be able to do anythign right. Mirgliotta and Mazzigoti.

To tell the truth there is only 2 refs i have a problem with. Yves, because he just seems incompetent. Just one of those people who cant do anything right. I have seen him trip over people trying to stop fights. One fight he even fell and busted his ass during the fight while back peddling. He seems more suited for Revenge of the Nerds sequal than refing MMA infront of millions of people.

The other is Mario Yamasaki. He is actually a very good ref but he is very bias. This allows him to see what he wants to see. I saw him during the Gracie fighting championship event allow Daniel Gracie to throw multiple knees at Wes Simms whil o the ground to the head. While standing 2 feet away starign staight at it. Then penalizes Sims for a head butt. Mario has been teching Martial arts for a long time. He knows his stuff but he is very biased.


I do think Mirgliotta should only ref HW fights. I also think there should be a rule that smaller refs ref light weight fights. When you have smaller fighters they can punch much faster than big guys. So if you have 300 lb Dan trying to stop a GnP and it takes him 1 second longer than it does som eone smaller. A LW can throw problably 5 punches in that 1 second. This is why Mirgliotta seems to be always out of position. Dan, to stop a fight as quick as a smaller ref may have to anticipate the stoppage sooner and get a jump on it. This causes much more early stoppages.
nickcuc547
8/11/09 3:48:44PM

Posted by D0wnUnd6e6r

I still stand by my original thought, not being even pissed about it cause i didin't really care for the outcome of the fight... but i don't think a fight should get stopped when a fighter is already halfway back to his feet. Only my take of the whole thing.



I agree, nobody likes a late stoppage but that one was still iffy. as was the werdum vs. vera stoppage and kimbo vs. james thompson stoppage as well, the guy has a track record
gartface
8/11/09 3:50:01PM

Posted by finnish_line


Posted by XblacksheepX

Miragliotta is the worst ref in the ufc right now.




Worse than Mazzagatti? Surely not.


Agreed Finnish. Also the UFC doesn't employ referees.
whardin19
8/11/09 5:24:00PM
How does Miragliotta see that Amir was knocked out but doesn't see Hendricks punching him in the back of the head? I really question this guys integrity. If he'd just admit he was wrong I would think more of him.
prozacnation1978
8/11/09 6:47:11PM
i actually agree with dan for once
yes amir was getting up but so was johnny still unloading at his head, one more shot would have knock amir's lights out, dan saved amir from any more damage
haggiswashere
8/11/09 8:08:29PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

i actually agree with dan for once
yes amir was getting up but so was johnny still unloading atTHE BACK OF HIS head, one more shot would have knock amir's lights out, dan saved amir from any more damage



Corrected your post...
runningman08
8/11/09 8:50:40PM
Dan Miragliotta is will out a doubt the worst ref right now but the stoppage i didn't have much of a problem with. Amir was rocked and Hendricks gave him a couple of unanswered blows. From Dans angle it looked like it was time to stop the fight. If he was anywhere else i might have more to say about the situation but i have seen way worse stoppages. Ive seen every ref make mistakes. Even Big John. I remember when Brain Johnston won at UFC 11 Big John dove in to stop the fight and hit Johnston's nose with his shoulder and broke it. The guy won his fight by KO and couldn't continue. Since Big John left id say Herb Dean is the best ref they got right now.
Aether
8/11/09 9:15:31PM
Hold on, let me get my Mitagliotta-goggles so that I can see the exact opposite of everything that actually happened.

Please find a new job.
Brain_Smasher
8/11/09 10:29:21PM
Big John is ref'ing fights now. He only left for a short while.
george112
8/11/09 11:06:00PM
do i think it was an early stoppage?? YES

do i think hendricks was going to knock him out somewhere in the next 20 seconds?? YES
Aether
8/11/09 11:09:19PM
yeah but the whole idea behind an early stoppage is that no matter what any of us thinks would have happened, we will never know for sure, and the fighter should have been given the chance.

Hendricks also landed like 4 punches to the back of Amir's head and wasn't even warned.
Wolfenstein
8/12/09 12:05:44AM
He should just own up to it--he made a mistake. That he's looked at a replay, and still believes he made the right call is baffling. I watched the replay a couple times--and it looks like barely any of those shots connected when Amir was on all fours.

Too bad, because it looked like Hendricks suffered a hand injury afterwards, and that probably would have been easy money for Amir had it continued.

I will say though, that Amir was in a really bad spot, and when I saw it the first time I was pretty much in-between on the stoppage.
RearNakedJoke
8/12/09 2:08:17AM
definitely an early stoppage but im not sure Amir would have recovered enough to mount a significant comeback. Mirgliotta missed the punches to the back of the head, which CAN cause brain damage. luckily only 1 of them looked like it connected solidly.

but i have to agree theres been worse stoppages(or lack of) lately. novar bradley and sell brown come to mind.

Mirgliotta>Mazigotti imo


oh and torres bowles! miguel took about 4 extra punches and he was clearly chillin on candy mountain.
MMA-San
8/12/09 5:08:39AM
Hendricks would have won anyways.
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