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Referee Mario Yamasaki Unsure If He’ll Officiate MMA Fights Again

Controversial referee Mario Yamasaki is weighing his options in terms of whether or not he wishes to officiate going forward. Yamasaki is a longtime referee who found himself at the center of some controversies. Many fans criticized Yamasaki for what they believed to be a string of late stoppages. Yamasaki's...

Mario Yamasaki Plans To Return To MMA Refereeing

Mario Yamasaki is looking to become an MMA ref once again. Yamasaki hasn't reffed a fight since UFC Belem on Feb. 3, 2018, when he had a very controversial fight between Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira. The Brazilian blew her knee out and Shevchenko landed 93 significant strikes but Yamasaki...

Mario Yamasaki Weighs In On Herb Dean’s Stoppage Of UFC on ESPN 14 Bout

Fellow MMA referee Mario Yamasaki has given his take on Herb Dean's stoppage during the Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jai Herbert bout. Dean came under fire for his officiating at UFC on ESPN 14. In particular, his stoppage of Trinaldo vs. Herbert was questionable at best and egregious at worst....

Valentina Shevchenko Responds to Mario Yamasaki Controversy

Valentina Shevchenko isn't as outraged with Mario Yamasaki as others are. In the co-main event of UFC Belem, Shevchenko went one-on-one with Priscila Cachoeira. The gap in skill level was clear from the very beginning. In the stand-up, Shevchenko was too quick and was able to score takedowns easily. Once on...

Dana White: Mario Yamasaki Won’t Ref Another UFC Fight

It appears Mario Yamasaki's days working as a referee in the UFC may be finished. Last Saturday night, Yamasaki served as the third man in the Octagon for a flyweight fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira that ended up as one of the most lopsided bouts in recent UFC...

Joe Rogan Weighs in on Mario Yamasaki’s UFC Belem Officiating

Joe Rogan has offered his two cents on the controversy surrounding referee Mario Yamasaki. This past Saturday night (Feb. 3), UFC Belem took place. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko took on Priscila Cachoeira. This was Cachoeira's UFC debut. Better Late Than Never? Shevchenko had a field day with her opponent and was...

CABMMA Releases Statement Regarding Mario Yamasaki’s UFC Belem Officiating

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) was not going to be silent following UFC Belem. In the co-main event of UFC Belem, Valentina Shevchenko took on Priscila Cachoeira. It was Shechenko's debut at flyweight. Cachoeira was clearly outmatched and suffered a beating. One-sided thrashings can certainly happen in MMA, but many criticized...

Mario Yamasaki Statement Addressing UFC Belem Fiasco

Once again, referee Mario Yamasaki has to explain himself following a bout in which his officiating was called into question. This time, he has released a statement on his role in the beatdown of Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Belem. Yamasaki officiated the bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Cachoeira. Shevchenko beat her...

Dana White Rips Mario Yamasaki After UFC Belem

UFC President Dana White is not very happy with longtime MMA referee Mario Yamasaki. As seen in the co-main event of Saturday’s (Feb. 3, 2018) UFC Belem event at Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil on FOX Sports 1, former title contender Valentina Shevchenko won in dominant fashion as she...

Mario Yamasaki Says Michael Chiesa’s Grappling Challenge is Childish

Referee Mario Yamasaki has caught wind of Michael Chiesa's grappling challenge. Yamasaki officiated Chiesa's last bout against Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night 112. Lee locked in a rear-naked choke and Yamasaki called the fight off. "The Maverick" didn't tap or pass out, but he stopped hand fighting. Chiesa recently issued...

Michael Chiesa Issues Grappling Challenge to Mario Yamasaki

Michael Chiesa hasn't gotten over his controversial UFC Fight Night 112 submission loss. Even though he appeared to be fading in a rear-naked choke applied by Kevin Lee, Chiesa didn't tap or go limp. Referee Mario Yamasaki saw the hand fighting stop and put an end to the bout. During a...

Mario Yamasaki on Michael Chiesa Stoppage: ‘I’m Sure he Went to Sleep’

Referee Mario Yamasaki is sticking to his guns on the UFC Fight Night 112 main event stoppage. Last month, Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa did battle inside the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lee earned a first-round submission, but controversy ensued. There was no tap and Chiesa hadn't gone...

Michael Bisping Says Mario Yamasaki Messed up at UFC Fight Night 112

Michael Bisping isn't hating on referee Mario Yamasaki, but calls it how he sees it. At UFC Fight Night 112, Michael Chiesa was submitted by Kevin Lee in Oklahoma City. Controversy ensued as Yamasaki stopped the fight despite the fact that Chiesa didn't tap or pass out. Bisping offered his opinion...

Michael Chiesa Says Mario Yamasaki Shouldn’t Officiate Again

UFC Fight Night 112 wasn't without controversy. Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee did battle in the main event of UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City. Lee locked in a rear-naked choke in the opening round. Referee Mario Yamasaki called a stop to the bout despite the fact that Chiesa...

Dana White Blasts Mario Yamasaki: ‘Nobody Gives a Sh*t That You Can Make a Heart’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is not happy with Mario Yamasaki. Last night (June 25), Yamasaki called a halt to the main event of UFC Fight Night 112. Kevin Lee locked in a rear-naked choke on Michael Chiesa in the first round. Chiesa didn't tap or pass out,...