The debut of The Ultimate Fighter, on March 25, had Dileno Lopes and Rony Jason on the first fight to get in the house. Dileno started better, knocking his opponent down, but when he got knocked down the referee Mario Yamasaki called the TKO and gave the win to Jason.
“I didn’t understand the referee," complained Dileno. "I had my moment and Rony had his. I reacted and was conscious, but Yamasaki claimed I was off. I was not. To me he had to let it go and he made a mistake because when I felt I was doing guard and tuned on the bout."
“I asked what happened and why he didn’t stop the contest when I hit Jason. I didn’t understand his criteria. But it’s alright, mistakes happen and it’s time to keep our heads up and move on."
Mario Yamasaki affirmed he does not regret his decision.
“Dileno came and talked to me in the hotel and apologized," said the referee. "He saw it on the tape and I was right. I guess he said something to you different than what he told me. At the time the athlete doesn’t know if he’s knocked out or not. There’re cases on which the second punch wakes the guy up. My reaction is to stop the contest when the guy can’t defend himself.”
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