Veteran UFC referee Mario Yamasaki has had his fair share of bad calls and blunders throughout his career, and his most recent disaster where Yamasaki was heavily criticized for not stopping the fight sooner between Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira and allowing “Pedrita” to take unnecessary damage at UFC Fight Night 125. Yamasaki then responded to the criticism afterward by saying he allowed Cachoeira “to be a warrior” and reason why he didn’t call the fight.
UFC president Dana White was arguably the most fired up as he took to social media to share his thoughts and saying that he hoped Yamasaki never reffed again.
Yamasaki unfolds the whole situation during his interview with MMA Junkie and regrets the statements he made about Priscila Cachoeira:
“I should have stopped it a little earlier, but I didn’t,” he said.
Yamasaki intended to take a McCarthy’s reffing course called C.O.M.M.A.N.D., which takes place July 6-8 in connection with the UFC’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas, to further improve his skills.
“I think they’re going to know I’m still trying to be the best that I can be. I’m not cocky, just saying, ‘I’ve been there for 19 years; I can’t learn any more.’”
McCarthy also spoke to MMAJunkie and stated that he met Yamasaki, but there was no indication from him that he would be attending the course. Well, Yamasaki is more keen to take an online tutorial, but John isn’t aware of that.
“I’m not going to pass him because he’s Mario Yamasaki.”
Whatever the case, Yamasaki is hoping after taking the course, he can improve his image and prove to commissions and the UFC.
“If you count for 19 years I’ve been reffing, how many were controversial? Four? Five? But people always see mistakes,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do. I just have to focus and try not to make any early calls or late calls. Reprogram. Do my job, you know?”
Do you think Yamasaki made a right decision to take a John McCarthy’s reffing course?