Steve Mazzagatti to ref Cruz vs. Faber championship bout

by John Morgan | source:

UFC president Dana White has a long and furious history with prominent MMA referee Steve Mazzagatti. "This f**king guy shouldn't even be watching MMA on TV, let alone refereeing it. I think he's the worst ref in the history of any fight business, ever. He's horrible. We don't pick the refs. The athletic commission does. Those guys are picked by the government. It's not that I don't like him, he's a nice guy. He's an absolute nice guy, he has no business whatsoever being anywhere near mixed martial arts."

For his part, Mazzagatti says he doesn't let it get him down. "Referees aren't there to be popular ... I'm not gonna let it beat me down. I've got a job to do and I pride myself on doing the best job I can.

Now Mazzagatti has been picked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to oversee UFC 132's Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber  bantamweight championship bout.

NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said of the contest "May be the biggest bantamweight in MMA history, so we look forward to having it and want to have it staffed well."

The NSAC made the decision based on recommendations suggested by Kizer. The pool of available officials also included Herb Dean, Yves Lavigne and Mario Yamasaki.

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Reed Rothchild site profile image  

6/29/11 6:01 AM by Reed Rothchild

IMO, there shouldn't be any refs in the octagon...just BLAF giving the thumbs up or down

frontrowbrian site profile image  

6/29/11 5:55 AM by frontrowbrian

Glen Trowbridge is one of the judges and he's clueless.

iamblake site profile image  

6/29/11 3:43 AM by iamblake

Wasn't he the ref in the matt brown vs Pete sell fight, that was pretty bad.

Kid Salami site profile image  

6/29/11 1:48 AM by Kid Salami

I agree about the sheeple on here who hate him because Dana tells them to. Mustache Maz is def one of the far.

Sigitywop bears site profile image  

6/29/11 1:14 AM by Sigitywop bears

TTT for Steve

BrockTheBearLesnar site profile image  

6/29/11 1:02 AM by BrockTheBearLesnar

Somebody is going to die....JK

Blaat site profile image  

6/29/11 12:08 AM by Blaat

Depends if he's rocking the stache or not.. That's where his power and good reffing skills come from, the mustache.

CaptChaos site profile image  

6/28/11 11:47 PM by CaptChaos

Mark Matheney did a poor job imo in 2 of the fights I saw. Matheney should have stooped the Mitrione fight in the 1st round when Morecraft went down with arms straight out and not defending right before Mitrione landed a big shot from the top. And Mitrione had to literally walk away in order for Matheny to stop the fight in the 2nd round. Also the standup between Charlie and Story was weak. I question how much matheny understands the ground game...

Joshs1990 site profile image  

6/28/11 1:47 PM by Joshs1990

I like steves tash...

Mr Sponge site profile image  

6/28/11 1:01 PM by Mr Sponge

Mirg is the worst ref