Mario Yamasaki explains why he didn’t stop the fight earlier
After the Valentina Shevchenko vs Priscilla Cachoeira fight this past Saturday, referee Mario Yamasaki received a lot of criticism for not stopping the fight earlier. Many believe it should have been stopped moments earlier than it was when it appeared that Cachoeira was taking blow after blow to the head. Yamasaki took much criticism from the MMA world after the fight. Including some from UFC President, Dana White. Dana White posted the following on his Instagram and Twitter account shortly after the fight concluded:
Priscilla Cachoeira, you showed so much heart and toughness in that fight. I’m honored to have you fight in the UFC. Unfortunately the ref is there to protect you and Mario DID NOT do that. This isn’t his first disgusting performance in the octagon. Another unfortunate thing is that i can’t do anything about I️t only the Brazilian commission can and i am hoping after this scary, incompetent showing he hopefully will never set foot in that Octagon again. Strikes landed was 230-3.
Mario Yamasaki has now broken his silence a few days later with this statement that he sent to MMA Fighting:
“During the second round, I signaled to ‘Pedrita’ that if she didn’t move I’d stop the fight, and every time I’d stop, I told her and she moved to try to escape from the punches. Unfortunately, I also can’t control the number of blows thrown — again, when a fighter is trying to come back she’s game. Fighters go through times of hard effort and dedication to be there. MMA is a contact sport and no fighter likes his fight to be stopped with no chance to revert the result. In my opinion, I allowed Pedrita to be a warrior and keep fighting. I could have stopped the fight in the second crucifix or in the mount, but she moved the whole time. I also recognize that I should have stopped when she tapped the first time to the rear-naked choke. I only stopped a few seconds later. About other people’s opinions, it’s their right to say.”