Ref Yamasaki in trouble over fight prediction?

by Dann Stupp | source:

Veteran MMA referee Mario Yamaaaki stopped by the Radio studio hours before he officiated the UFC 141 main event between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.

"I think it's going to be great," Yamasaki told Radio. "Two big guys in a huge fight. The aspect (I consider), Brock Lesnar is pretty aggressive, so this fight is going to go really fast. I don't know which way, but I don't think it goes past the first round."

"You don't want to make a mistake, especially now that [MMA] is worldwide and the fighters train all year and everything. As referees, we just try not to make mistakes."

"I'm watching their eyes, their hands, their movement – whether they're trying to protect themselves," said Yamasaki, who then referenced Dan Henderson's memorable win at UFC 100, in which Michael Bisping was blasted with an unneeded shot before Yamasaki could stop by the fight. "When a guy gets knocked down, it gives me time to get there and assess things. But sometimes it doesn't, like with Bisping.

"I would have stopped that fight earlier, but I didn't have the time to get there. But usually, that distance gives me enough time."

"When you stop it too early, there's always that thought, 'What if, what if? But it's part of the game. We're not machine, but you just want to keep guys from getting too hurt."

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Yamasaki did indeed stop the fight in the first, as predicted, but Dave Meltzer's F4Wonline says the remarks did not go over well.

Ref Mario Yamasaki is in hot water over comments he made predicting that the Lesnar vs. Overeem fight would end quickly, given he's the referee for the main event tonight and will be the person who has to step in to stop it provided it doesn't go five rounds.

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tags: UFC 141   Mario Yamasaki   Alistair Overeem. Brock Lesnar   


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chalice site profile image  

1/1/12 2:09 AM by chalice

i think the word he is looking for is actually "tepid"

supersaiyan site profile image  

1/1/12 2:01 AM by supersaiyan

lol @ being in hot water over this BS please

Enemies site profile image  

1/1/12 12:37 AM by Enemies

If Josh Rosenthal was reffing Lesnar would've came back in the second round and laid an arm triangle on a gassed Overeem to finish the bout in the second round.Then Lesnar would've gone on to win a striking battle vs. Junior dos Santos to regain the championship in stunning fashion before riding off into the sunset on a beautiful white unicorn while farting out butterflies.That or Lesnar was done like dinner and Yamasaki stopped the fight when it should've been stopped.Now if Mazagatti would've said that about the Fitch fight... ruh roh.

jcblass site profile image  

12/31/11 7:19 PM by jcblass

A total novice to the sport could take one look at both Brock and Overeem and conclude the fight probably was not going to last beyond the first round. I don't see the big deal, he simply said what everyone else knew. That fight was going to be quick one way or the other.

MMAxNate site profile image  

12/31/11 7:09 PM by MMAxNate

Let's say he was forced to make a questionable decision in that fight in the first round. With his comments before the fight, his actions could be construed as foul play and his character would be called into question. An investigation may be required at that point. All of which can be avoided if he keeps his predictions to himself or at least off the record.

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

12/31/11 7:03 PM by Gnarls Gnarlington

the Pete Rose of the UFC.

Chainsaw Charles site profile image  

12/31/11 6:46 PM by Chainsaw Charles

Usually the athletic commissions frown on officials speaking publicly about the fights they officiate.

Kneeblock site profile image  

12/31/11 6:14 PM by Kneeblock

 People make a lot of money on picking rounds, but this is stupid.  Lesnar certainly wasn't contesting the stoppage so I don't see how Mario's comments mattered one way or the other.

john joe site profile image  

12/31/11 3:42 PM by john joe

probably rooted in fears that yamasaki's quote will have been eagerly seized on by degenerate gamblers or something

Authority Figure site profile image  

12/31/11 3:16 PM by Authority Figure

I said this last night, who is he in trouble with? Or a better question woudl be :who is Dave Metzler trying to get him in trouble with?