UFN 26 marked by stellar reffing


Reffing is the most thankless task in the fight game. No one ever said they won because of the ref, but half the losers blame him. And when you are at your best as a ref, no one notices.

The balance between safety and allowing a fighter every opportunity to pursue their passion and livelihood is an impossible one, as the only way to be completely safe is to not fight. And who wants taht?

Following a number of shows marred by reffing controversies, it must be said that when the UFC needed to be at its best for the debut of FOX Sports 1, the referees were amazing.

Mario Yamasaki
Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem

Letting Travis Browne work his way out of the barrage Alistair Overeem uncorked was a nice piece of refereeing by Mario Yamasaki.

The decision proved correct, as Browne eventually regained solid footing and took out the tired Overeem, who'd clearly shot his bolt.

Yves Lavigne
Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon

While separating the fighters off a break, Johnson gave Lavigne's forearm a twist-and-shove, to which Lavigne immediately nipped in the bud, telling him not to do that or he'd lose a point. After the round was over, he followed Johnson to his stool and give him another earful.

Referees have enough to deal with, including a--hole journalists like myself and fans playing Monday morning quarterback, than to have to absorb professional slights like this.

Kevin MacDonald
Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett

MacDonald did an excellent job of keeping an eye on the battered Pickett, who was staggered several times, letting him fight out of dire situations. This was another kind of key contender bout where a quick stoppage could've definitely been the choice of a panicked referee, putting a cloud over the result. Instead, Pickett's right to be finished was clearly respected, and that's exactly what transpired.

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Joe Cav site profile image  

8/20/13 12:37 AM by Joe Cav

Great Job Kevin ! One of the Top refs in the Business !

Snayke13 site profile image  

8/19/13 11:09 PM by Snayke13


Naderhood site profile image  

8/19/13 11:02 PM by Naderhood

The ref that taught Kevin everything he knows is named Steve R. I'll see if he can answer some Q's too. Also, thanks to Kevin I'm only sort of blind in my left eye. Thanks Kevin!

Immaculata site profile image  

8/19/13 9:54 PM by Immaculata


bryguy33569 site profile image  

8/19/13 9:38 PM by bryguy33569

Agree 100%I thought that also when it happened. Great job.

ChucoV site profile image  

8/19/13 9:35 PM by ChucoV

Fantastic reffing of a fantastic fight.

DPASQ site profile image  

8/19/13 8:42 PM by DPASQ

Kev "The Ref" MacDonald a.k.a. Donyybrook is the best and most respected in New England. He has been doing it for a long time and it is my honor that he reffed one of my two fights back in 2006, he might have done both but I got hit a lot and the second one and I'm not sure. Great job Kev.

Theonlyvivid site profile image  

8/19/13 6:36 PM by Theonlyvivid

DonnyBrook, please ref every fight possible in the east coast. You are necessary.

ZeRoboRog site profile image  

8/19/13 6:36 PM by ZeRoboRog

Jus sayin'

smth416 site profile image  

8/19/13 11:07 AM by smth416

hope we see more of this ref. The sport is desperate for another quality ref.