However, both MVP and Kiely had taken things to a personal level with their trash talk in the lead up to the fight, which also spilled into the cage during and after their encounter. Referee Dan Miragliotta also got pulled into their feud, warning Kiely for giving MVP the middle finger and also deducting a point from MVP for an infraction during the fight. Miragliotta would also be accused of calling MVP an expletive during their encounter, which led MVP to saying that he doesn’t want Miragliotta officiating his bouts any further.
Mike Mazzulli regulates the overseas cards for Bellator MMA and he has told MMA Junkie that neither the referee or the fighters will face any punishment for their actions this past Friday. There was a report from MMA Fighting that stated that Kiely was to be fined $1,000 for using the middle finger, but Mazzulli says that fine has been rescinded as well.
Mazzulli also states that Miragliotta never called MVP a “piece of sh*t,” but the referee did utter those words to the fighter’s corner.
“What occurred was Dan was walking away and one of (Page’s) trainers came up,” Mazzulli said. “I’ve already spoken to his trainers afterwards, and we shook hands. Dan is only human, and he didn’t say it directly to Mr. Page, but that did come out of his mouth, I guess.”
There has been no comment from Miragliotta, MVP, Kiely or Bellator officials on the rulings made by Mazzulli.
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