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emfleek » Posted 11/18/07 4:54:00PM

"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 » Posted 7/29/07 7:00:00PM

I'm with him.

This is nothing compared to the string stoppages or lack there of that Yves Lavigne went on.

emfleek » Posted 11/18/07 4:54:00PM

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.

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fizzle » Posted 12/23/08 10:54:00PM

Yeah, I didn't feel there was anything wrong with this stoppage.

D0wnUnd6e6r » Posted 9/13/07 5:12:00PM

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 » Posted 12/17/07 8:56:00PM


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!"

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slapshot » Posted 6/22/07 2:16:00PM

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 » Posted 5/6/07 6:11:00PM


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 » Posted 1/14/07 11:32:00PM


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 » Posted 4/15/07 3:21:00AM

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 » Posted 5/5/07 6:25:00PM

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 » Posted 9/22/08 2:18:00AM

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 » Posted 6/21/07 4:17:00PM


"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.

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finnish_line » Posted 8/16/07 8:54:00AM


Posted by XblacksheepX

Miragliotta is the worst ref in the ufc right now.




Worse than Mazzagatti? Surely not.

moob » Posted 2/24/07 2:39:00PM


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.

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