Mario Yamasaki, a veteran referee, is not a UFC president Dana White’s favorite person.
Mario Yamasaki oversaw Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira co-main event at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil on Feb 3. Priscila was brutally battered by far more experienced Valentina Shevchenko en route to a second-round submission loss.
In the wake of this fight, there has been widespread criticism of referee Mario Yamasaki. Many fans and pundits, the referee should have halt the fight much earlier. Even UFC President Dana White was particularly slammed Yamasaki post-fight.
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Priscilla Cachoeira, you showed so much heart and toughness in that fight. I’m honored to have you fight in the UFC. Unfortunately the ref is there to protect you and Mario DID NOT do that. This isn’t his first disgusting performance in the octagon. Another unfortunate thing is that i can’t do anything about I️t only the Brazilian commission can and i am hoping after this scary, incompetent showing he hopefully will never set foot in that Octagon again. Strikes landed was 230-3.
During a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight,” White said of the referee Mario:
“I think he’s disgusting, and I never want to see him reffing ever again.”
Yamasaki explained that Cachoeira was responsive to his commands during the beatdown, which is why he allowed her “to be a warrior and keep fighting.” Priscila Cachoeira also could’ve tapped from strikes at any moment or had her corner throw in the towel.
White absolutely went off on that remark.
“She didn’t tap, and that’s the thing. The reality is, when you’re a fighter – and it’s one of the reasons this sport is as big as it is, because most of you guys don’t tap,” White told hosts Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian. “Most of you guys stay in there, and she did fight like a warrior. For that idiot to say he gave her the opportunity to be a warrior – no. No, you moron. You’re in there to protect her from herself.
“He makes me sick. That guy has no business reffing fights. And I promise you, you’re never going to see him again.”
Recently, Commission of MMA (CABMMA) also issues a statement on Mario Yamasaki’s controversy that we will work on to prevent similar situations in the future.
What do you think of these ignited remarks from Dana White?