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Meet Fernando Yamasaki. He’s Mario Yamasaki’s sibling, and on Saturday night the Yamasaki brothers reffed it up together at the UFC on Versus show. Unfortunately, the also sucked it up. Both brothers were responsible for some seriously shite stoppages. Let’s walk through em:

Mario screws up Walel Watson vs Joseph Sandoval: The opening fight of the night was stopped just 1 minute and 17 seconds in as Watson pushed forward aggressively with strikes and knocked Sandoval on his ass. But Sandoval was already scrambling to grab Watson’s legs when Yamasaki stepped in and stopped the fight. Premature, Mario. Premature.

Fernando screws up TJ Grant vs Shane Roller: This fight of the night candidate was stopped early when Grant transitioned from a choke to armbar. Roller was defending by clasping his hands together and was actively fighting the submission when Fernando stepped in and stopped things. Prematurely!

Mario screws up Rafaello Oliveira’s brain: While Rafaello Oliveira’s standup has improved enough that he was able to get through round 1 with Yves Edwards on his feet, the strategy was doomed to failure from the start. In round 2 Edwards hurt Oliveira and from there embarked on an epic journey of whoop-ass across the cage, hitting Tractor with punches from all angles, kicks to the face, and basically the kitchen sink. In the end Rafaello lay dazed and confused with his arm pinned behind his back as Edwards unleashed 22 unanswered blows before Mario stepped in. Late stoppage, ref!

Mario screws up Anthony Johnson vs Charlie Brenneman: It was pretty clear that Rumble was owning Charlie Brenneman from the opening bell of the fight. Things started off with Johnson pinning Brenneman’s head to the mat with his arm and unleashing a good minute’s worth of pain. Brenneman seemed quite confused as to how to escape the position, and when he finally did it was only to be met with a kick straight to the face that dropped him on his butt. Mario Yamasaki stepped in to stop the fight before Brenneman even hit the ground, which is too bad because Charlie caught his fall with his elbows and was never out. It may have just sped up the inevitable, but again: PREMATURE STOPPAGE, MARIO!

So between our two Yamasaki brothers we had four finishes fluffed. That’s four fights out of a ten fight card. Pretty impressive percentage considering there were two other refs working the night as well. Some stoppages were worse than others – Sandoval and Brenneman were probably about 30 seconds away from legit stoppages. But this is MMA, where anything can happen. Just ask lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. These guys deserve a chance to fight until they can’t fights no more. More importantly, they deserve referees who can accurately determine when that is. Otherwise we get stupid premature stoppages like TJ Grant vs Shane Roller or crazy dangerous ones like Yves Edwards vs Rafaello Oliveira.

  • CAP

    I was fine with the Brenneman stoppage. The ref saved him from a few more shots to the face. Didn’t see any of the others in question. Them Yamasaki boys…

    Some one needs to investigate the family tree more to see what other odd names are in there.

  • frickshun

    Brenneman was on fucking ice skates right before he ate that nasty kick to the face. Dude forgot how his feet work & then gets KICKED IN THE FACE. I’m sure the ref already had it in his mind…….”Oh shit, Charlie is dancing on an oil slick. If he gets KICKED IN THE FACE I should probably run in & stop it.”
    Guess what happened then? KICK TO THE FACE!! Good stoppage. I didn’t watch the undercard though.

  • Jemaleddin

    I don’t disagree too much with any of the above, but watching in the arena, the late Edwards/Oliveira stoppage and the early Roller/Grant stoppage were REALLY egregious. I don’t think Roller’s arm was even straightened out, let alone torqued.

    Brenneman looked like he was out in mid-fall regardless of how he landed, and Watson was SERIOUSLY outclassing Sandoval. Sandoval ended up grabbing a leg, but it was Mario’s – and it took him a minute to figure out that those pants and shoes weren’t on Watson. Those might have been a little quicker than we’re used to in MMA, but they didn’t change the outcome of the fight.

  • lukustra

    a lot of uncommon mistakes in this article. this is very unlike fightlinker and very like yahoo cagewriter.

  • Razzle

    Brenneman wasn’t out. That’s what matters. Not that he was hurt, which he was, not that wasn’t real possible he was about to get knocked out in 5 more seconds.

    The man was not knocked out, and Yokohama stopped the fight. He fucked up.

  • lukustra

    btw, ik yahoo advertises you guys on their site so idk if you have some association with them but have any of you ever read any articles on there? straight copy and pasted material and they still manage to misspell half the shit on there and constantly come up with fake stats and wrong facts. its freighting how horrible their grammar is.

  • CAP

    ^That’s why I don’t go there. Plenty of more reputable sites out there. I get all my info from the sherdog forums.

  • G Funk

    Razzle, I like your avi sexy ;-)   a/s/l?



  • frickshun

    ^^Is that ascii some kind of heinous sex act??

  • Billytk

    The only possible explanation for this many screw ups all in one card is that since Yamy realized he’d never get BJM’s title of the Best ref in MMA he decided to go after Mazzagotii’s Worst ref title

  • MMAStation

    The AJ/Brenneman stoppage was a good one. Looks to me like when his ass hit the mat he woke up a little. he had chicken legs before the kick hit and i am sure the ref saw his face and his eyes roll back ( he fell pretty fucking limp looking)

  • SST

    Fights get stopped early even when Herb Dean’s not reffing. Not that I care, he’s been missing since that last 2 cards.

  • Razzle

    Sorry boys, I’m not gay, but for reals, Yokomura didn’t see anything, he made a silly assumption, he messed up. I blame it on his name not knowing if it wants to be Mexican or Japanese.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ he;s brazilian

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    ^ he;s brazilian

    Yeah, Jawsh, that’s what Razzle said.  Can’t you read?


    its freighting how horrible their grammar is.

    Absolutely turf-eyeing.

  • Reverend Clint

    i caint beleive someboody sayd “freighting”

  • G Funk

    Razzle, whatevs! You might as well have a rainbow flag background to two guys having wondrous butt-sex as an avi.

  • Razzle

    That was my old avatar. I’m back in the closet.

  • cagestokerblog

    Rogan quickly voiced his opinion that Brenneman wasn’t entirely knocked out, and that Mario Yamasaki, the referee in charge, had possibly jumped-the-gun, so to speak.

    My opinion was that he (Brenneman) was out, but only when Johnson’s foot connected on his jawbone. I felt that—after that—when his body smacked down on the canvas,”The Spaniard” possibly had woken back up; an awakening jolt, or shock..which does frequently happen.

    Some of the good folks (old time boxing fans) who frequent the fine establishment, aka a sleazy pub nearby, where I watched the UFC event, seemed to agree with Rogan.

    Upset at the officiating, one of the older boxing-fans—who’s a less knowledgeable mma fan, further thought that Brenneman should have been given a standing-eight-count by the referee, and then allowed to resume.

    I then had to politely school my friend on the finer points of mma-officiating—a subject, due to my boxing background—which I claim to know a lot, but actually know very little.

    In any case, I tried to explain that such a rule (a standing eight count) does not exist in the UFC; and that, even if it did, it would not be much of an asset. Especially if the UFC intends to keep growing in leaps and bounds, without any ring deaths, or other type causalities.

    I then gave him my educated opinion that standing-eight-counts in boxing were, in my expert view, quite-possibly the biggest reason so many deaths have occurred over the years in in the sport of boxing, versus very few deaths in mma.

    If a concussion occurs in mma, I told him, the fight is usually over, as it was rightfully over for Brenneman; however, in boxing, after the referee gives the standing eight count to the already-drowsy opponent, the concussions just keep on coming and coming.

    Sometimes, they keep coming until you have another Mancini Vs. Doo Koo Kim type scenario.

    As much as we hardcore fight fans love our bloodsports, I think I can speak for all of us when I say not one among us ever wants to see that. Especially on live television.

  • iamphoenix

    ^condense please kind sir for i feel it’s t,l, d,r

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    As much as we hardcore fight fans love our bloodsports, I think I can speak for all of us when I say not one among us ever wants to see that.

    Damn straight.  Well put, man.

    condense please kind sir for i feel it’s t,l, d,r

    You might wanna lay off the Biebs-dubstep mixes kid.

  • iamphoenix

    dj hates me now. i’m sorry.


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