No Mazz: Josh Rosenthal to call 'Lesnar vs Carwin' after Lesnar camp protest

No-mazz_medium

Brock Lesnar's agent, David Olsen, along with UFC attorney Michael Mersch recently made a stink with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), requesting that referee Steve Mazzagatti be removed from consideration as the man in charge of the action during the heavyweight title fight at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 3, as reported by Sherdog.com.

Mazzagatti officiated Lesnar’s Octagon debut against Frank Mir at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" in February 2008, and this marks the third time Camp Lesnar has objected to Mazaggatti's participation (UFC 91, UFC 100).

In the opening seconds of his UFC debut, Lesnar stormed the former champion and began to maul him with a flurry of strikes. It appeared that Lesnar was on his way to an impressive technical knockout victory; however, the former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star landed several questionable -- and according to Mazzagatti -- illegal blows to the back of the head.

As a result, the action was stopped and Lesnar was docked one point. And when the action restarted, Mir survived another blitzkrieg and locked in a fight-ending submission (kneebar) just 91 seconds into the match.

Of course, several fans blamed Mazzagatti and his ruling for the result rather than Lesnar and his inability to defend submissions and/or land legal blows. Regardless, when all was said and done, it was perhaps the most hectic and crazy minute and a half of action inside the Octagon in all of 2008.

And based on this recent request, still a sore spot for Team Lesnar.

 

In addition to Mazzagatti, Herb Dean, Josh Rosenthal and Mario Yamasaki were all under consideration to officiate the Lesnar-Carwin match.

NSAC Chairwoman Pat Lundvall found no evidence of referee bias -- the crux of Olsen's objection -- and refused to remove Mazzagatti from consideration. In the end it didn't matter, as Josh Rosenthal was appointed as the man in charge, which hopefully means that Lesnar can now focus 100-percent on Carwin come fight night.

Anyone out there in MMA land think it may be time to rid Mazzagatti of his Scarlet Letter? Or do you support the movement to keep him out of this -- and future main events?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker