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Via Fightlinker: Beleaguered ref Dan Miragliotta mistakes Jess Liaudin for Paul Taylor at the end of their UFC 85 undercard fight. Poor guy really picked the wrong month to quit sniffing glue…

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mma is looking like boxing now- June 10, 2008 at 3:37 am
McCarthy maintains an active role in helping to improve judging and officiating at MMA events. He railed against the current establishment in the sport and said he retired as a referee because of the "good old boys" network that existed within some athletic commissions.

"I left because people were put into positions based on who they know, not what they know," McCarthy said. "It really drove me nuts. I did not want to be a part of that. It's a problem within our sport, and it needs to change."

this explains the KIMBO and VerA fights all fixed this is the main reason i stop watching boxing and started watching mma
Spacealias- June 9, 2008 at 10:36 pm
Actually Paul Taylor looks like the other guy! He did in his last fight too, I can never tell who is who in his fights when he taking on another skinny pasty caucasian
GSP for Prime Minister- June 9, 2008 at 10:02 pm
what a bumbling idiot LOL
Me- June 9, 2008 at 9:32 pm
Big John answers all this here

http://www.sherdog.com/news/news.asp?n_id=13148

Even answers why he will not be coming back to ref.

(lol I cant get this post up, says "Error, you are posting too quickly, slow down.")
Kablamo- June 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm
Let's start it right here and right now. A grass roots petition to recall Big John McCarthy.

Dan Miragliotta makes Steve Mazzagatti look like Mills Lane.

BRING BACK BIG JOHN!!!!
Anonymous- June 9, 2008 at 9:10 pm
what a slap, fire him!
Netterbog- June 9, 2008 at 9:05 pm
Just a little advocacy for the devil here....but didn't Herb Dean raise the wrong hand more than once? I know I've seen Steve Mazzagatti do it too...
perkedel- June 9, 2008 at 8:48 pm
Dan Miragliotta should be the judge for Cage Tater t-shirt contest ..
MKXii- June 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm
He was also the ref during the Werdum Vera fight and he stopped that shit early too. That's like 30482034 fights he's stopped early. FIRE HIM.
garth- June 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm
here's another fail for yall

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/flash/zoomGallery?section=gen&photoGalleryId=3433974

photos 5, 6, 7

i emailed them but i figured it wouldn't hurt to email more. they also list swick-davis as a middleweight fight near the end. there's some cool pics in there nonetheless.
Scuba Steve- June 9, 2008 at 7:22 pm
I actually met Big John last week at a tradeshow (he was at the Fight Network booth). Tried to get him to comment on the state of reffing recently and couldn't really get much out of him.

Point is, BJM rules. Dude is huge.
kissenger- June 9, 2008 at 6:26 pm
What an ass. It's like there's no one else that the UFC could have used to ref these fights. Mirgaliotta is tainted because of the Kimbo shit. He shouldn't ref again.
Old, Bald and Irish- June 9, 2008 at 6:18 pm
@ BIG CHRIS

"Where is Big John when you need him??"

My thoughts exactly.

Dan Miragliotta must have ADD or something.

Fer God sakes! Dan, drink a cup of coffee before you go to work! My six year old pays better attention than you do!
BIG CHRIS- June 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm
Where is Big John when you need him??
Shitwhistle- June 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm
The odds of getting it right are 50/50. Wasn't his lucky day....
lolwut- June 9, 2008 at 5:44 pm
what a fucking cocksuckingcuntmeistershitfacedumbshit. god damn this month has been terrible in mma lol.
C-Bus Allstar- June 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm
Precisely the reason I said this fucking guy's license should be revoked. He's completely incompetent.
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