Posted by gartface
Posted by Jackelope
I wouldn't if it wasn't a common mistake he makes. I'm not trying to bash on Miragliotta, but the guy has made a lot of mistakes, and when that is the case it needs to be called out. Even if people get their feelings hurt. It was clear that something was wrong with Al-Turk, and from where Miragliotta was he could have easily been able to tell that the counter punch Crocop threw didn't hit Al-Turk. He was close enough to hear that if not see that. So why would Al-Turk be covering up like that? It is the referee's job to monitor the action and catch little things like that.
That's like working at a burger joint and forgetting to put ketchup on someone's burger. It is your job to make sure that burger has ketchup on it, and you didn't put it there. If it's not the guy making the burger's fault, whose fault is it?
I think that Dan gets entirely too much grief. Name one ref who consistently refs UFC events that would have caught that? I guess I'm speaking on the current quality of referee working for most Athletic Commissions.
Miragliotta missing that quick eye poke is no worse to me than Yves Lavigne's last two major flub ups or Mazzagatti stopping Mir and Lesnar to ASK if Lesnar hit him in the back of the head. I'm more content with a referee missing something small like a quick eye poke rather than stopping a fight for something they're not certain of or letting a punch drunk fighter sway their judgement.
I agree with everything you said. The worst incident IMO was the Brown/Sell fight, in which I think Yves Lavigne was refereeing.
My main concern is the health and safety of the fighters in the Octagon. Obviously the amount of mistakes speaks to the difficulty of the job, and the criticism speaks to the scrutiny. When you're in there right next to the fighters you see and hear a lot of things the average fan doesn't, so I expect more of the referees. Obviously it's easy to sit here behind a computer screen and say all of these things, but we're talking about referees at the highest level of the game, so some scrutiny should be expected. By no means am I trying to make light of the job they have. I'm just holding their feet to the fire. As we all should considering what is on the line, and most specifically as Mustapha Al-Turk should.
The main thing I wanted to point out is that if the blame should go anywhere it should be on the shoulders of Miragliotta, since specifically
that is his job.
Now, personally, when I'm sparring guys and I accidentally eye poke them, I back off and let them recover. I'm not sure how Crocop felt in the Octagon, but obviously when it's not a training partner you have to worry about giving them space only to find out they're perfectly o.k. and capable of KO'ing you. Plus, in the heat of the moment during an actual fight you don't exactly notice the slight moisture on your finger.