MMA Refs NEED apply!
Out of all the jobs in the MMA world, referees have to have one of the most difficult. The weight of the world is on their shoulders as they have the power to decide whether a fighter is finished or is allowed to continue fighting.
Safety is paramount as well as making sure the competitors abide by the rules at all times. A good referee isn’t even noticed if doing his job correctly.
Is it just me, or has the sport of MMA evolved so fast, that the referee’s haven’t kept pace? I apologize for being critical of them, but seriously, all I ask is consistency between matches.
Dan Miragliotta stopped the Fabricio Werdum vs Brandon Vera fight when Vera was mounted while intelligently defending himself, barely taking any shots, while not allowing Werdum to maintain proper base to land the most effective shots.
The worst part about it is, when Dan was working the Kimbo Slice fight last week on CBS’s Elite XC fight against James Thompson, Thompson had Slice pinned to the cage, and landed over 30 elbows and punches, without Kimbo ever advancing or moving his position for over 40 seconds. Vera had seconds left in the round and hadn’t even taken near the damage that Kimbo took, yet Dan figured he was done? Would the Vera fight not been stopped if he stayed still and ONLY absorbed the shots?
My question is do I need an explanation of the rules, or does Dan Miragliotta, because he’s not doing his job consistently. So was the Slice vs Thompson fight allowed to go too long? Was the Vera fight stopped too soon? Which time was his job not done correctly?
In a sport where a fighters pay is doubled based on winning the fight, this has to be addressed and dealt with.
Where was Yves Lavigne? In my opinion he is the best active MMA referee and top 3 of all time, yet he wasn’t working this card.
Boo to the UFC for not using the best referees they can. But for all I know Yves was busy, and they went with the best available people.
Sorry for all the questions in this article, but Puzzling is what it is, and there are a lot of answers needed.
Feel free to post your comments on this topic here. Do you agree or disagree?