Sakara's manager denies shots were to back of head, plans appeal

source: fightlinker

In the first round of the final UFC 154 prelim bout Saturday night, Alessio Sakara dropped Patrick Cote with elbows. Cote hung on to a single leg, as Sakara based and countered with hammerfists, several of which 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.

“(The stoppage was) way late," said UFC President Dana White. "I haven’t heard anything about (Cote) that he’s not okay but that was a horrible job. I counted between seven and nine illegal punches to the back of the head. It was crazy. (referee Dan Miragliotta) was just standing there watching it. Didn’t jump in, didn’t do anything. And I’m pretty sure, I think it should have been a no contest, not awarded to Cote, but a no contest. But, horrible, really bad.”

Meanwhile, Sakara's manager Lex McMahon is denying that the shots were to the back of the head, and plans an appeal.

“We’re going to be appealing the decision," said McHamon. "I’ve already spoken to the commissioner. There was no verbal warning given. At no point did [the ref] try to intervene. When you stop it, you stop the fight. The blows that were allegedly behind the back of the head… when Alessio was making his blows he wasn’t going 12 to 6, he was coming around to get to the side of the head. If you watch the tape I think it would clearly show that.

"To create a judgement in Montreal for Patrick Cote … when I spoke to the Commissioner they said listen, we viewed it and that’s the way we see it. Not very objective at all.”

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WatchinMMA site profile image  

11/22/12 3:38 PM by WatchinMMA

John was not there so the manager is technically correct

Diesel67 site profile image  

11/22/12 2:45 PM by Diesel67

Most were to the top or side. If they'd been to the sweet spot Cote would be out cold. Feel with your finger down the center line til you feel a depression - where you stick the needle in the frog in bio class. That's where the elbows and hammerfists go to f--k up the brain stem. Practice in training so it comes in combat.

TheRaider site profile image  

11/20/12 11:43 PM by TheRaider

They looked intentional, but I guess only Sakara knows. Not everyone can man up and admit what they did like the TUF biter..

Jive Turkey site profile image  

11/20/12 6:32 PM by Jive Turkey

Oh, I see. Thank you sir

TARRat site profile image  

11/20/12 8:45 AM by TARRat

Ah - thanks for the clarification. That makes sense.

Michael Kn1ght site profile image  

11/20/12 1:59 AM by Michael Kn1ght

Some were some were not I researched it many times at least 5 hit solid too the back of the head that I counted but I would have rather seen a NC then a DQ...

PatrickVilone site profile image  

11/19/12 11:53 PM by PatrickVilone

isn't punching/kicking the spine also illegal? Besides for the first shot that grazed his ear, ANYONE WITH EYES can clearly see 6-7 ILLEGAL shots to the BACK/ side-to-back of the head, and in the rules and regulations anything behind the ear is considered the back of the head... anyone who denies his illegal strikes is either blind or a moron

joe canada site profile image  

11/19/12 9:55 PM by joe canada

Jive:Page 10 of this document for Unified Rules definition of back of the head.

Jive Turkey site profile image  

11/19/12 9:52 PM by Jive Turkey

I thought in the rules the defined "back of the head" as anything behind the ear. No?

DoomFarmer site profile image  

11/19/12 9:16 PM by DoomFarmer

Tell me about it.I have been voted down about 8 times on this paticular subject.They really need to nix this fucking system. It discourages open discussion.