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Dan Miragliotta hasn't yet sat down to watch the replay of this past Saturday's UFC 142 bout between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson, but as the contest's referee, he remembers it vividly in his mind.

"If there's two guys on the ground that aren't doing anything or if they're in a takedown position and they're just very tired so they're leaning against each other and they're not going for a single-leg or they're not trying something different to change their position, I give them some time," Miragliotta today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I warn them, and then I'll separate them."

Miragliotta's critics say his three restart calls, two that came with Johnson in top position and one with "Rumble" in a takedown position against the cage, were unfair and far too hasty, but the referee said he felt his decisions were all warranted.

"[Johnson] established position and then just held his wrist and laid on top of him," Miragliotta said. "He had that one real nice, heavy punch that kind of busted up Vitor's face in the very early beginning of the first round, and then after that his takedowns had just kind of stopped."

Some critics suggested the rowdy HSBC Arena crowd had something to do with Miragliotta's calls. After all, the arena was decidedly pro-Belfort and made it clear they weren't enjoying Johnson's time on top.

Miragliotta, a veteran of big fights all over the world, said that simply isn't true.

"Honestly, the way the fans were screaming and hollering for the fight, I don't think it would have mattered if it was up or down," Miragliotta said. "They were just into the fight. I don't listen to the crowd. They don't bother me."

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I don't remember having a problem with the stand ups. I remember saying they need to be stood up and then shortly after they were stood up but I can't remember how many times I thought that.

Was it actually controversial? If so, i was oblivious to it.

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Posted by MaxOne

I don't remember having a problem with the stand ups. I remember saying they need to be stood up and then shortly after they were stood up but I can't remember how many times I thought that.

Was it actually controversial? If so, i was oblivious to it.



The final stand-up seemed early to me, but people saying all 3 restarts were controversial are most likely just Rumble fans. I'm no ref though and all 3 restarts came from a neutral position, albeit I thought Rumble was working enough to not get the last stand-up.

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Yeah I had no problems with the stand-ups. Johnson wasn't doing anything...

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Dan was too quick with the stand ups, I didnt approve.

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I hate stand ups so I'm a bit biased, but the final stand up was after just a few seconds on the ground! I think Dan was reacting to the crowd more than anything imagined inactivity.

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i think all 3 were a little quick. imo another 10 seconds of inactivity would warrant a standup. either way though i got 7 points off that fight so i cant complain too much

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Posted by Kpro


Posted by MaxOne

I don't remember having a problem with the stand ups. I remember saying they need to be stood up and then shortly after they were stood up but I can't remember how many times I thought that.

Was it actually controversial? If so, i was oblivious to it.



The final stand-up seemed early to me, but people saying all 3 restarts were controversial are most likely just Rumble fans. I'm no ref though and all 3 restarts came from a neutral position, albeit I thought Rumble was working enough to not get the last stand-up.

TBH, I didn't even really have a problem with the 3rd one. I was looking at it as he had been stood up twice before for not advancing position or staying active enough so he stood him up when he saw little to nothing happening from Rumble

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Rumble only did anything the first time he had Vitor on the ground, other times he did nothing.

Against the cage, Vitor did all the damage, Johnson nothing.

The last standup, Johnson did nothing.

Miragliotta has always been quick for the standup. Or maybe he was working against Johnson b/c they were in Brazil and Johnson missed weight.

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I think the stand ups might have been a little premature, especially the final two, I don't feel to bad as Johnson was indicating like he wasn't going to do much while on top position.

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I'm not much of a fan for stand-ups at all. If a guys in my guard and you stand us up, you're helping HIM.


Anyway....


All of the stand-ups were WAY early. Much earlier than the norm which I think is usually too early.


I didn't have a problem with it though because I was pissed at Rumble.


I actually assumed that Mirgliotta had a bias against Rumble and was accidentally/purposefully treating him unfairly.

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Posted by Kpro


Posted by MaxOne

I don't remember having a problem with the stand ups. I remember saying they need to be stood up and then shortly after they were stood up but I can't remember how many times I thought that.

Was it actually controversial? If so, i was oblivious to it.



The final stand-up seemed early to me, but people saying all 3 restarts were controversial are most likely just Rumble fans. I'm no ref though and all 3 restarts came from a neutral position, albeit I thought Rumble was working enough to not get the last stand-up.


I am an unbiased observer on this topic and find it to be total bs. The standups were way too early as rumble was just about to spring his trap. We will never know now what his trap was, only that it was inevitable barring outside influence. Rumble was just another victim of someone being held down by "the man".

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