Dan Miragliotta contends that most of the shots that hit Patrick Cote
just prior to a stoppage against Alessio Sakara were legal blows.
Three weren't, however, and the longtime referee said he issued two
verbal warnings before the third blow knocked Cote out and forced his
"As long as hand makes contact with the ear, it's a legal strike,"
Miragliotta told MMAjunkie.com. "If you miss the ear
and only hit the back of the head, it's illegal."