Mario Yamasaki may re-enter a MMA cage as a referee in 2021, he advised MMA Battling. The professional MMA official hasn’t worked in a UFC bout considering that Feb. 3, 2018, when he oversaw two contests at UFC Belem in Brazil.
“I’m waiting around for the pandemic to be around so I start out making use of to the athletic commissions once more,” Yamasaki informed MMA Battling, revealing he will sign up for an on the internet judging course promoted by the California fee to continue to be up to day with new variations in regulation.
“I’ll go back again to refereeing as soon as achievable,” he additional. “Maybe not in the UFC, but Bellator, PFL, Shooto, other promotions, so I can be in the activity. It will be up to the athletic commissions to acknowledge me again and license me and begin providing me fights to referee.”
Yamasaki refereed Alan Patrick vs. Damir Hadzovic in the prelims of UFC Belem that evening in Feb. 2018, and that battle went the distance. But it was his actions throughout and soon after the co-key occasion clash amongst Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira drew criticism.
Shevchenko, who went on to come to be the UFC flyweight winner, was producing her 125-pound debut five months immediately after a shut split determination defeat versus bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Advertising newcomer “Pedrita” was picked as her opponent, which proved to be one particular of the most important mismatches in MMA history.
Cachoeira finished up blowing her knee early in round one particular, and Shevchenko demolished her for as extensive as the struggle lasted. Mercifully, Cachoeira tapped to a rear-naked choke late in the second round, but not ahead of Shevchenko related on 95 of 113 major strikes.
In his first submit-combat assertion, Yamasaki mentioned he “allowed ‘Pedrita’ to be a warrior and maintain preventing.” UFC President Dana White reacted to the non-stoppage on his social media promptly soon after, saying “I am hoping just after this scary, incompetent demonstrating he hopefully will never set foot in that Octagon again.”
Yamasaki has refereed fights in the PFL and Brazilian MMA promotions following that, but hasn’t worked due to the fact the COVID-19 pandemic began. Yamasaki owns a construction firm in the United States and 13 jiu-jitsu universities, and has referred to as refereeing a “hobby” in phrases of revenue earning.
“The UFC has provided me almost everything I have in conditions of exposure, travels and all my expertise,” mentioned Yamasaki, who additional he assures there are no challenging inner thoughts in direction of company leader Dana White. “I lived as a result of the pinnacle of MMA, the golden period. Only joy. I have nothing to complain, only to thank. Twenty many years there, it is not for absolutely everyone.”