Emmett Wishes Miragliotta Stepped In At UFC Orlando
It wasn’t until he was in an Orlando hospital bed that Josh Emmett knew about any illegal strikes from Jeremy Stephens at UFC On FOX 28.
Emmett told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s MMA Hour that he suffered three broken orbital bones, a lingering concussion, and his teeth being jarred out of place.
Emmett claims that up until Sunday morning when he watch a replay of the end of the fight, that he believed that he was hit with illegal elbows and an illegal knee. Emmett believes that referee Dan Miragliotta failed to step in and correct Stephens for illegal tactics.
“I’m not saying he’s a dirty fighter at all, but after watching it, I just wish I had more of a fair chance,” Emmett told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
“I wish Dan would have done his job. If he would have stopped the fight, I would have gotten a little time to recover or they maybe took a point away from Stephens. It could have been a completely different outcome.”
Following a knockdown, and with Emmett still on his knees, Stephens hit a a knee to the head, which is considered to be an illegal blow, but Miragliotta allowed the action to continue. Seconds later, Emmett was knocked out.
“I just thought it was a blow,” Emmett said of the knee. “I didn’t know what hit me. But it definitely skimmed me after watching it and coming down. And regardless of the new rules or the old rules, I was still a downed opponent, because both knees were down. Even if one hand or two hands was up, it was still an illegal blow.
“It was a fight. I know he wasn’t trying to do that in the heat of the battle. But man, there’s a reason why there’s rules in place. So I think they should have implemented them. It’s frustrating now. But it is what it is.”
Emmett also claimed that he didn’t know about an appeal till Sunday, and that his management team is handling the situation. Emmett claims that he trusts in his management team and they’re doing what they think is best for him
Emmett will now return to Sacramento and more than likely get surgery to repair his broken orbital bone, and hopes for a rematch with Stephens in his next bout.
“I would like a rematch,” Emmett said. “I won the first round, I was winning the second round, doing really well. He caught me just perfect, little left hook on the chin. I was composing, getting back up and then I just felt like some of those illegal blows made it a lot worse for me.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting