Yamasaki To Attend McCarthy’s Course After Cachoeria Incident
One of the most controversial referees in MMA, Mario Yamasaki, is looking to atone for an extremely late stoppage at UFC Fight Night 125.
Mario Yamasaki, who Dana White wrote off completely for a late stoppage causing Priscila Cacoeira to take multiple unanswered shots to the the face, will look to attend the refereeing seminar lead by Bellator Commentator/legendary official John McCarty.
Yamasaki looks to show not only the UFC, but state athletic commissions that “I’m still trying to be the best that I can be,” Yamasaki today told MMAjunkie. “I’m not cocky, just saying, ‘I’ve been there for 19 years; I can’t learn any more.’”
Following the fight where Priscila Cachoeira to take dozens of unanswered punches, Yamasaki released a statement justifying his decision, claiming that he allowed Cachoeira to be a warrior by fighting longer.
Yamasaki now admits he should have owned up to his mistake.
“I should have stopped it a little earlier, but I didn’t,” he said.
The C.O.M.M.A.N.D course takes place on July 6th-8th, which is also UFC’s International Fight Week, nad is recognized by the Association of Boxing Commissions as one of the most reputable sources of refere and judge training for MMA Officials/
Yamasaki came to McCarthy with the idea of an online tutorial in July, but McCarthy claimed “that’s not going to happen.” “Big John” also told MMA Junkie that, “I’m not going to pass him because he’s Mario Yamasaki.”
Yamasaki claims the claims against him are not completely fair, but does understand his standing in MMA is in need of rehabilitation.
“If you count for 19 years I’ve been reffing, how many were controversial? Four? Five? But people always see mistakes,” he said.
“There’s nothing I can do. I just have to focus and try not to make any early calls or late calls. Reprogram. Do my job, you know?”