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Early and often: Referee Dan Miragliotta strikes again in Brandon Vera fight

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"There was 15 seconds left. Let me take my ass whooping and let's go into the second round."

-- Brandon Vera talks about the decision of referee Dan Miragliotta to stop his fight against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 85: "Bedlam" yesterday with just 15 seconds left in round one. Werdum had achieved full mount and was hammering "The Truth" with some serious shots; however, Vera was still in good shape. In fact, he said he was reassuring the referee throughout the exchange that he was "okay." Miragliotta is the same referee who was essentially linked to all the controversial stoppages at Elite XC: "Primetime" last weekend. So did Miragliotta do the right thing, erring on the side of caution in the name of fighter safety or did he blow it?

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