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.
Not sure what Yamasaki needed to see for a stoppage. Foaming at the mouth? Full body spasms? #UFCBelem— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) February 4, 2018
Crowd now chanting "hey, referee, go f... yourself." #UFCBelem— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) February 4, 2018
Everyone wants to be a gangster until it’s time to do gangster shit. You gotta let fighters fight. #UFCBelem— Mario Yamasaki (@refyamasaki) February 4, 2018
In Other Worlds
Grigorian knocked out Superbon, which is a pretty big deal:
Grigorian faceplanted Superbon in the Kunlun tournament final. That really happened. pic.twitter.com/xgGmMkNViO— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 4, 2018
Here are a few more combat sports knockouts from the weekend, to get your Sunday afternoon started off right:
dead— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 4, 2018
Nonglek Loukjampachai KOs Yo Neda (MAX MT) pic.twitter.com/N2Wraj5CHG
Daigo Higa just KO'd Moises Fuentes in R1. Another body snatcher from Japan. pic.twitter.com/ZNaJE5xJXX— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 4, 2018
hellbow KO— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 4, 2018
Jaowayha Sitnayoktang KOs Maroan Hallal in The Main Event of MAX MT pic.twitter.com/P8YZt3nUic
Enjoy your Sunday, Maniacs!