- Dan Miragliotta is under fire after being the only judge to give all three rounds to Maycee Barber in her fight against Andrea Lee at UFC San Antonio
- The UFC referee’s score saw “The Future” getting the split decision win
Dan Miragliotta has become a hot subject of discussion in the sport for the wrong reasons. Many believe that the veteran UFC referee did a terrible job in judging a UFC San Antonio bout after favoring Maycee Barber over Andrea Lee in all three rounds.
A wild scoring
Based on the official scorecards, One judge scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Barber, while the other had it 29-28 in favor of Lee. As for Miragliotta, he was the only one who scored the bout 30-27, all in favor of “The Future.”
See the scorecard below:
Maycee Barber/Andrea Lee scorecards.#UFCSanAntonio pic.twitter.com/elECP0cPKE
— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) March 26, 2023
A massive backlash
In all fairness, the fight was close and everybody knew it was hard to score each and every round. However, what the majority of the MMA community was fuming about was the fact that in Miragliotta’s scorecard, Barber dominated Lee for 15 minutes.
Miragliotta’s score was crucial as it wound up becoming the determinant of the winner. Obviously, the split decision win was handed to Barber.
As expected, a mix of UFC fighters, personalities, and fans heavily criticized Miragliotta on social media.
Check out the tweets below:
I like macee but damn Lee was robbed @ufc get these judges the fuck out there ruining the sport
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) March 26, 2023
Did not see that coming…#UFCSanAntonio
— Chris Curtis The Action Man (@Actionman513) March 26, 2023
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 26, 2023
This is one of the worst jobs by a ref in the history of refereeing. What in the world. As reckless as it gets. pic.twitter.com/M62wys1OA3
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 25, 2023
Did Dan Miragliotta just judge his first fucking fight with that 30-27 scorecard? Everything about that scorecard feels sketchy. Where the fuck did Dan Miragliotta/Judge come from? Stick to fucking refereeing #UFCSanAntonio #MMATwitter
— Jay Henry (@jayhenry79) March 26, 2023
Dan Miragliotta scoring it 30-27 Barber showing that mma refs are also shit at judging too #UFCSanAntonio
— Shed Boy (@Callum_JN) March 26, 2023
Can someone get Dan Miragliotta away from judging? And away from refereeing while they’re at it. #UFCSanAntonio
— Jas (@JasJ_MMA) March 26, 2023
The controversial win saw Barber extending her unbeaten UFC run to four fights in a row. On the other hand, Lee suffered her second consecutive loss, having lost to Viviane Araujo in the fight prior.
As for Miragliotta, it’s still a bit shocking as he is no rookie in judging UFC fights. In fact, he had been judging in various UFC events for years.