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UFC Belem, The Morning After: Scorecards from the Machida-Anders fight

What you may have missed from last night

UFC Fight Night: Machida v Anders Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The main event of UFC: Belem saw the literal hometown hero, Lyoto Machida, turn back the clock just enough for a split decision win over Eryk Anders. But was he gifted a win by sympathetic judges? The scorecard for that bout has been released, via MMAJunkie.com:

The scorecard on the main event between may have been in question last night, but the performance of one Mario Yamasaki was not. In the co-main event, he allowed Priscila Cachoeira to absorb 217 punches without a stoppage. It was Valentina Shevchenko herself who eventually ended it, mercifully locking up a rear-naked choke.

It’s hardly Mario Yamasaki’s first error in this direction, and he was criticized for allowing the fight to go on far too long by multiple fans and fighters. Yves Edwards, commenting on the Fox desk afterwards, called him “the worst referee we have right now”, and that seemed to be the consensus.

Of course, there was more than just blame than just Yamasaki. The UFC rarely book mismatches as severe as this, and it’s clear from this fight why. It’s not fun for anyone after a certain point; with no hope for a competitive finish, we are left wishing someone would throw in the towel, or hoping the referee is competent enough to protect the less skilled opponent.

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