Miragliotta gives ref's viewpoint on Daley-Koscheck mess

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com

Mike Chiappetta: You've been refereeing for over a decade. Have you ever seen a competitor hit another after the bell like that before?

Dan Miragliotta: Never. That was the first time ever. I've seen it in boxing, but not in MMA.

MC: What was your reaction to it?

DM: I was shocked. I thought [Daley] was going to hug him. I thought it was over with. You've seen it before where guys hated each other, spoken poorly about each other, but when the fight is over, they still get up and give each other a hug and it's over with. Because of the trash talk, I was trying to be on my toes during the touching of the gloves and after the final bell. I tried to stay close to him. When Daley reached for him, I thought he was going to hug him. I was wrong. He caught me off-guard.

MC: Did you see any anger in Daley's face those last few seconds?

DM: I saw frustration. He couldn't stop Josh from taking him down and controlling him on the ground. From what I heard of the pre-fight interviews, they both said they were going to make this a standup battle, and it wasn't that way. Josh played his cards right and did what he had to do to win the fight. Daley was frustrated that it didn't go his way. He's a great fighter. Dana said many times the kid had such good potential. And honestly he's always been respectful to me. I've met him a couple times and he's always been nice and respectful. I was very shocked.

MC: What did you say to Daley when you pulled him away from Koscheck after the punch, and what did he respond to you?

DM: I said, 'What are you doing? You're a pro fighter. What are you thinking?' He didn't answer me, so I said it again. I was restraining him. He said, 'I didn't hear the bell.' That was it. That's all he said. Everybody else heard the bell.

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ohferfuxsakes site profile image  

5/13/10 1:27 AM by ohferfuxsakes

 agreed...and great interview and insight.

skeeeo site profile image  

5/13/10 12:50 AM by skeeeo

Big screen at arena, duh?

THE GENEHUNTER site profile image  

5/12/10 11:02 PM by THE GENEHUNTER

 Tank hit Cal Worsham after the bell n00bz

maxmain site profile image  

5/12/10 10:55 PM by maxmain

Had no idea refs had access to and used replays during fights.

TapouT24 site profile image  

5/12/10 10:21 PM by TapouT24


phix site profile image  

5/12/10 9:59 PM by phix

Josh has been watching pro rasslin. He now keeps a razor blade in his right glove and sandpaper in the left, just in case he needs to get the blood flowing to sell it.

da Vinci 81 site profile image  

5/12/10 9:57 PM by da Vinci 81

good job by dan in that fight.

Fights! site profile image  

5/12/10 9:56 PM by Fights!

What caused the blood on Josh's forehead to occur at right about the same time the illegal knee hit? Not arguing, just wondering.

thforklift site profile image  

5/12/10 9:47 PM by thforklift

 TTT for Big Dan. 

Mmanizzle site profile image  

5/12/10 9:35 PM by Mmanizzle

loved it when Dan broke up the fight between Kimbo vs James Thompson - then James shoves him in the face... lol