Ref explains his actions in Sakara/Cote bout

by Steven Marroco | source:

Miragliotta said a rule forbidding blows to the back of the head was superseded in Cote's case because most of the hammerfists touched his ear. The referee said he advises all fighters of this distinction in rules meetings prior to fights.

"Even though most of your hand is hitting the back of the head, if your pinkie knuckle is hitting him in the ear, it's a legal shot," said Miragliotta. "Maybe that's what people don't understand. They said, 'Oh, it's the back of the head.' It is the back of the head, but it's hitting him in the ear.

"You get a guy like Shane Carwin or Brock Lesnar, their hands are so big, when they hit you in the ear, they're still hitting the mohawk. That whole hand is about five or six inches wide. The earlobe is two inches. So four inches of your hand is hitting that mohawk, and that's considered a legal strike."

Miragliotta, though, said he warned Sakara after a hammerfist grazed the back of the downed Cote's head. The next two or three shots were legal. A second, more clearly illegal blow drew a more stern verbal warning.

"The second one didn't look bad enough to stop the fight," Miragliotta said. "In my mind, I'm thinking if he hits the back of the head again, I'm going to stop it and take a point away, or I'll make it a verbal warning with his translator and let him know I'm going to take a point away.

"Then the next ones were clean. They were clean strikes, and the one that hit him hard was no longer a 'watch the back of the head.' It was time to either take points away or stop the fight."

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MasterofMartialArts site profile image  

11/21/12 9:40 PM by MasterofMartialArts

I agreed with how many strikes were illegal. 2 maybe 3. The rest hit the ear if you look closely. I would hate to be the referee in that fight.

fishyfish site profile image  

11/21/12 9:30 PM by fishyfish

Dan was enforcing the stupid rule to the letter, not his fault.  

CHILLITACO site profile image  

11/21/12 4:40 AM by CHILLITACO

Kinda agree with you. I mean he was clearly in trouble before the shots, its a REALLY hard judgement call to make within a few seconds. Reffin ain easy....

Nucky site profile image  

11/21/12 1:07 AM by Nucky

Balancing a rule because big hands is stupid he went ham on the back of his head smashing his brain.

mrantistupiditay site profile image  

11/21/12 12:42 AM by mrantistupiditay

3. If you make eye contact, but one of yours is wandering/walleyed, it's not necessarily gay.

fishyfish site profile image  

11/20/12 8:52 PM by fishyfish

they could make a few rules changes: 1. a kick or knee to the balls is OK as long as the strike is also touching a legal area. 2. eyepokes are OK if you're also touching another part of the face with another finger or another part of the hand.

goeb site profile image  

11/20/12 4:41 PM by goeb

these subjective and loosely defined rules at times hurt MMA, very frustrating. It isn't as simple as defining a groin shot or eye poke at times.I am still perplexed by the rule at times when we get technical.

fishyfish site profile image  

11/20/12 10:55 AM by fishyfish

watch for Jackson to start getting his fighters implementing back of the head palm strikes, where the tips of the fingers touch the ears. 

RowdyBec site profile image  

11/20/12 10:55 AM by RowdyBec

Should of been a NC but whadda I know :)

Anthraxxx site profile image  

11/20/12 10:48 AM by Anthraxxx

I will respectfully disagree. While there are some rules id like to see changed, I would hate to see things like groin shots and headbutts. These are men fighting in competition, this isn't a street fight. The sports image is hard enough for some to appreciate as is, the last thing we need is fighters banging their heads together and hitting one another in the groin.And if headbutts and groin shots were legal, that would mean headbutts to the groin would be thank you.