Esther Lin/MMA Fighting
UFC President Dana White wasn't happy with the job done by referee Dan Miragliotta in the Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara fight at UFC 154 last night (Nov. 17, 2012) in Montreal. Now he's targeting a rematch after the unsatisfactory disqualification conclusion.
The final fight of the FX broadcasted portion of the UFC 154: "St. Pierre vs. Condit" preliminary card last night (Sat., Nov. 17, 2012) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was shaping up to be an entertaining slugfest between two bangers in Patrick Cote and Alessio Sakara.
The two opened strong and exchanged big punches, blitzing and blasting each other on a mission to take home that coveted "Fight of the Night" bonus.
Instead, after just 86 seconds passed, Sakara found himself disqualified for illegal blows to the back of the head, which had knocked Cote out. "The Predator" had swarmed his hurt opponent but ended up on the receiving end of some vicious shots to the back of his dome, no less than four or five of them clearly illegal.
And all in view of referee Dan Miragliotta.
"(The stoppage was) way late. 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. He 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."
Sakara's management agrees that it should have been ruled a no contest and they plan on filing an appeal to get the result overturned. Whether or not that happens is almost irrelevant, as White revealed the promotion plans to put together an immediate rematch.