Mazzagatti: My bad call cost fighter a loss


"We have all made mistakes. And we're going to make mistakes - we're human."
'Big' John McCarthy


Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns fought at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19, 2008, with Burns being awarded a KO decision, after referee Dan Mazzagatti missed an eye poke and believed Johnson's reaction was due to an uppercut.

"Nobody has given me an excuse," said an incensed Johnson afterwards. "The only thing I've heard from fans and even the staff of UFC was that it's bulls---."

Johnson won a rematch, and Nevada Athletic Commission director Keith Kizer instituted instant replay, so the story has as happy an ending as a bad call can. And now the referee, Steve Mazzagatti, acknowleddged that Johnson lost the fight due to his mistake.

"It looked to me like he got hit with an uppercut," said Mazzagatti rrecently on Inside MMA. "He went back, grabbed his face and hit the ground. Later on, we found out it was clear as day an eye poke. We didn't have the instant replay at the one of those losses on Anthony's career was due to my bad call."

"I had to stick by my decision. Once you make that call, the fight's over, he rolls over and says, 'I got poked in the eye,' I already made the call. Now, I do have the ability to go back and say, 'Wow, he did get poked in the eye.' I'm turning this loss into a disqualification in Anthony's favor."



tags: video   UFC   Steve Mazzagatti   Anthony Johnson (detail)  Kevin Burns (detail)  


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Scott Elliott site profile image  

4/10/13 2:54 PM by Scott Elliott

"Props to Maz for being a real man and admitting his mistakes."Amen. They ALL make mistakes, even BJM. At least Maz will admit it. Now, if only they could ALL do that...

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4/10/13 2:31 PM by Smellde Gluve

Thanks bud! Yeah I did place a little watermark thingy once and then forgot about it on all the rest.

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4/10/13 2:16 PM by chaplinshouse

i forgot who made it but saved off a copy since it's fucking beautiful.  u should put a smelldegluve watermark on your work like gordo does 

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4/10/13 2:07 PM by epwar

Indeed, Mazzagatti got virtually no hate until Dana cried about Brock/Mir.  Then the Dana-ites were all over him.

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4/10/13 2:02 PM by Smellde Gluve

I made this and came here to post it but someone did before me. Glad it's getting used!

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4/10/13 1:57 PM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Good to see him make those comments. More and more Refs need to speak up and help commissions IMPROVE.

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4/10/13 1:54 PM by Fight Life Flip

I have to give tons of respect to the refs and judges out there. I personally know how tough it is, having been an MMA referee and judge in the past. If the promoter is vocal about you in any way, good or bad, he can make or break your reputation. It takes a lot for a person to come forward and admit they messed up like that. All the great refs in combat sports have f@¬Ęked up somewhere in their career. I'm not saying he is a great or terrible ref. I'm just saying its good to acknowledge your mistakes and learn from them. He's clearly not going anywhere so his progress and improvement is important to the sport.

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4/10/13 1:30 PM by fapout


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4/10/13 12:52 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

Dan's an idiot

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4/10/13 12:40 PM by Condit's Face Broke My Hand

Mazzagatti is just insanely inconsistent, although he has gotten better in the past couple years. A wild card. One fight he'll make a perfect stoppage or decision and then the next he'll let guys sit on the ground and do nothing for 4 minutes or do what he did in the Brock vs Mir fight.