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Referee Dan Miragliotta Discusses Stoppage in Kimbo Slice Fight

Written by Tim Ngo
June 3rd, 2008
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As soon as EliteXC: Primetime ended, the conspiracy theories started flying around the world of MMA. Many felt that the stoppage was premature and some felt that Kimbo Slice could have been stopped in the 2ndRound when James Thompson had Slice against the cage while raining down punches and elbows. When asked by Steve Cofield if Thompson’s busted cauliflower ear was the reason behind the stoppage, referee Dan Miragliotta responded by saying, “no, that had nothing to do with it. Don’t get me wrong that was one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen in a fighter ever.”

“Why I stopped the fight was because of the uppercut-cross-hook-uppercut combination that knocked him on his ass,” Miragliotta explained.

We here at 5thRound.com felt that Thompson was taking more punishment in the 2ndRound than he did in the 3rdRound was eventually stopped.

“I looked into his eyes, I saw the blank stare, you knew he was out of it. I stopped the fight and when I grabbed him to tell him the fight was over, he still thought he was fighting Kimbo,” Miragliotta continued.

Then there was the whole controversy that Brett Rogers started about Slice tapping out when Thompson was pounding him with elbows. Miragliotta was adamant that he didn’t miss it and Thompson had agreed.

“I didn’t miss anything, watch the tape and then also go to the video interview with Kimbo and with James Thompson. Thompson even says in his own interview that Kimbo never tapped.”

Miragliotta also dispelled all rumors regarding the fight being fixed as he clarified who referees actually work for, “we don’t work for the promoters. We worked for the New Jersey State Athletic control board there.”

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