Main event ref: I thought Hendricks dominated

 

Mario Yamasaki is one of the most experienced in the mixed martial arts business and was chosen to referee the UFC 167 main event between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks for a reason.

As the referee in the cage, Yamasaki has a unique vantage point to watch a bout, but his primary concern is the safety of the fighters and isn't intune to who's winning or losing, however when it was over, he did have his idea of how he thought the decision would go:

"I'm inside the cage so I can't see the fight as the judge sees it, but I thought Hendricks won the fight," Yamasaki told MMAFighting.com. "I thought Hendricks dominated the fight, it was brutal, and I was surprised when they gave St-Pierre the win. But I'm not the judge. I look at the fight with different eyes."

Yamasaki scored the fifth round in favor of St-Pierre, and that was it.

"The first round was slow and could have gone either way. Hendricks dominated the second one. The third was close and could also go either way, and the judges gave it to St-Pierre. When the fight was over, I thought Hendricks won every round except the last one," he said. "But I have to watch the fight again to analyze it as a judge."

transcribed by MMAmania.com....

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Wasa-B site profile image  

11/20/13 4:19 PM by Wasa-B

I think this fight was possibly better than Jones/Gus but Alvarerz/Chandler 2 takes the cake by far!

Wasa-B site profile image  

11/20/13 4:18 PM by Wasa-B

Chandler beat down Alvarez much more than than JH did GSP in that rematch just a while ago iirc. Alvarez had better moments than GSP probably too though but Alvarez was in survival mode in more spots severely if my memory serves me correct. Same 10 point must issues there, absolutely no one complained about this after that fight. As far as GSP/JH, JH's best round was R2 and he obviously hurt GSP but the most GSP showed he was hurt was buckling on one leg once. He never even got dropped and wasnt never close to a stoppage (in the sense that the ref never had to hover over a barraging JH for a potential TKO). I dont want GSP critics to think im glossing this over for GSP - he was def hurt in R2 however, GSP still won the last 3 min of that round as well. Not big but thats still not nearly as dominant a round even as people are making it out to be. R4, JH roughed up GSP on the ground with some GNP but it was never in the kind of posture up, tee off with big clean shots, kinda way. It was short grindy punches, which were still effective but not the kind of big clean shots that you normally associate with killer GNP. In the end, obviously JH won "the fight," in terms of hurting his opponent but I also think "in a fight," the last round is also important to show their heart and what they got left after it all too. For those also mentioning Pride criteria, not saying GSP woulda won with that but "effort to finish" is one of the top criteria and GSP had 2 sub attempts, the guillotine in R1 and also the kimura at the final bell. The kimura never got broke free but that still illustrates intent to finish. Now, i also think Pride criteria gets a bit greyer but since people are bringing that up and all. I dont think anyone likes the 10 must for MMA but i didnt see Hendricks blowing GSP out from end to end like people are making it seem, yeah.

caposa site profile image  

11/20/13 3:06 PM by caposa

Anyone else feel that Hendricks' "domination" is being WAY overstated with this fight? I finally sat down and re-watched the fight in it's entirety again last night, and even though there were a few close calls.. it really wasn't the severe beating people make it out to be. I do think it was one of the best fights of the year though.

Wasa-B site profile image  

11/20/13 2:55 PM by Wasa-B

No explanation needed. "The first round was slow and could have gone either way."

Herman Munster site profile image  

11/20/13 2:46 PM by Herman Munster

It would be great for Yamazaki to explain how Johny "dominated" round 1.  "dominated" the last 3 mins of round 2, "dominated" round 3, or "dominated" round 5.  Even round 4, was not exactly the best example of a "domination".  Unfortunately Mario has not offered any real exceptional insight other than throwing a word around very loosely.

Wasa-B site profile image  

11/20/13 2:32 PM by Wasa-B

"Yamasaki sayin he witnessed Hendricks 'dominating' GSP for 4 rounds"He said he thought 2/4 rounds coulda went either way. Guess that means 4 rounds of domination in your world. Maybe you could hit someone up for some adderall? "The first round was slow and could have gone either way. Hendricks dominated the second one. The third was close and could also go either way, and the judges gave it to St-Pierre. When the fight was over, I thought Hendricks won every round except the last one," he said. "But I have to watch the fight again to analyze it as a judge."

Granpa site profile image  

11/20/13 9:10 AM by Granpa

lol

pulsar site profile image  

11/20/13 6:53 AM by pulsar

That's a nice post - 'support this perverted manipulation of scoring that GSP is practically a philospher on?' - hell yeah.

FETT_ Cains._Burrito_In_My_BrownEye site profile image  

11/19/13 10:17 AM by FETT_ Cains._Burrito_In_My_BrownEye

The acoring clearly states which criteria carry the most weight in what order. The judges cannot seem to follow those simple instructions.

FETT_ Cains._Burrito_In_My_BrownEye site profile image  

11/19/13 10:16 AM by FETT_ Cains._Burrito_In_My_BrownEye

SlowClap.jpgWell put.