In the first round of the final UFC 154 prelim bout in Montreal, Alessio Sakara dropped Patrick Cote with elbows. Cote hung on to a single leg, as Sakara based and countered with hammerfists. Several landed to the prohibited back of the head area.
Cote slumped semi conscious to the mat, referee Dan Miragliotta stopped it at 1:26, and appeared to signal that Sakara was the winner. The Canadian crowd booed angrily.
However, after a short commercial break, Cote was declared the winner, by disqualification.
As is permitted under Quebec athletic commission rules, Miragliotta had viewed a video replay, and consulted with Quebec officials.
As related by Kevin Iole, Miragliotta said he clearly warned Sakara, twice, and was told by the commission that he had to rule a disqualification.
Ordinarily in the event of an illegal blow, the referee would determine whether or not the fighter could continue, and make the disqualification decision on that basis. There replay does not seem to show two clear warnings, and if two warnings were given and the back of the head attacks continued, why was the end of the fight called, seemingly for Sakara?
At the post fight press con, UFC President Dana White said he wanted a rematch.
"That was a horrible, horrible job by the referee," said White. "It's mind-blowing how he could stand there and watch that many punches to the back of someone's head. It's crazy."
Sakara released a statement via Facebook, in his native Italian.
Ci sono momenti dove l'entusiasmo per una vittoria così faticata non lascia tempo per nessuno. Non so se con le parole riuscirò a spiegarvi quello che sto provando..adesso mi viene in mente una parola..Vittoria...nn sto parlando della Vittoria di un uomo sopra un altro uomo queste sono definizioni da dizionari e sinceramente non m interessanno non mi appartengono come non m interessa la parola squalifica adesso. La Vittoria delle quale voglio rendervi partecipi e' quella su stessi quella sulle paure quella sul Dolore fisico quella su un ideale su un sogno..se oggi ho vinto e' perche' sapevo come vincere..conosco il percorso e so che solo tramite le sconfitte puo'arrivare una Vittoria..la Mia che io dedico a voi..ma voglio dedicarla in particolare a tutti quelli che vinceranno dopo delle sconfitte e vinceranno perche'come me nn smettono di combattere mai..il resto lasciamolo a verdetti sbagliati che nn possono cambiare una vittoria avvenuta per ko..
Oggi abbiamo dato 3 knockdown a un atleta che nemmeno Anderson Silva e Tito Ortiz sono riusciti a farlo e questo perché dentro la gabbia stavo con tutti voi .. E lui era solo
Vi Amo davvero grazie a tutti voi Alessio Sakara
Translation by Google Translate
There are times where the enthusiasm for a win so tough leaves no time for anyone. I do not know if I can explain in words what I'm feeling right now .. I can think of a word .. Victory ... No I'm talking about the victory of a man over another man, these are definitions from dictionaries and really do not belong as I am interested in the word disualification now... I knew how to win... I know the path and I know that only through defeats arrives Victory... I dedicate it to you... but I want to dedicate it especially to all those who win after defeats.
Today we had three knockdown to an athlete and even Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz weren't able to that.
I really love all of you,