Referee Dan Miragliotta Defends His Actions At Bellator Dublin
Dan Miragliotta received some push back about his actions with Michael “Venom” Page” at Bellator Dublin. Not only is he defending those actions, but says he will not be reffing MVP anymore.
Miragliotta is one of the best refs in all of MMA, and he demonstrated that over the weekend. During the grudge match between MVP and Richard Kiely, Page suffered a point deduction, even though the fight only lasted three minutes. This came due to the fact that Page, known for his trash-talking antics, was taunting his opponent while hitting him on the ground. Therefore Miragliotta stood them up, and deducted a point from Page.
Following the fight, Michael Page said Dan Miragliotta swore at him in the cage. In an interview with MMAFighting, Miragliotta confirms that he did curse, but that it was slightly different than that.
“I’m not going to say I didn’t say it, but I was wrong for saying it. I shouldn’t have gotten that angry, but I did. I screwed up.”
Moerover, he says that the reaction was a result of Page telling Miragliotta to “F–k off.” This apparently happened when Miragliotta tried to get Page to shake hands with Kiely.
“I was pissed, bro. I’m 56 years old, I’m a grown man. I’m older than him. I show respect to everybody. When someone says f*ck off like that to me with disrespect, I lost it. I never should have said what I said. And I know I was wrong. Under my breath, I turned, and one of his coaches was right next to me, and I said, ‘What a f–king piece of s–t.’
However, he immediately knew he was in the wrong.
“I knew I was wrong, and especially with it being his coach right there, and he said, ‘What did you say?’ And I said, ‘Man, I apologize. I never should have said that.'”
Dan Miragliotta said that the decision to dock MVP a point came as a result of poor sportsmanship. Additionally, he explained that he had given multiple warnings, and that it was not a direct result of one instance. He says that it was due to several things Page was saying and doing.
“It was a bad matchup, and he was dominating the kid. He didn’t have to do what he was doing. At one point, and you can watch the video and probably read his lips, he’s hitting him, then he stops and calls him a f–king b–ch, he hits him again, ‘f–king b–ch,’ did it a third time.
He was taunting the kid. So I was like, I warned him, I’m calling time.”
Moreover, Miragliotta explains that he will never be refereeing a fight with Page again.
“I’ll never do his fights again, because I can never really look at him and not have that animosity toward him, because I’m not going to let somebody tell me to f*ck off, and there’s nothing I can do, and I’m an official. It’s not good for me or the sport.”
What do you think of Dan Miragliotta and his actions with MVP?