Move over, Steve Mazzagatti. UFC President Dana White has a new favorite target when it comes to referees.
White even borrowed the last name of his most hated referee to encapsulate his feelings after Mario Yamasaki botched a call in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 112, referring to the veteran official as “Mario Mazzagatti” on Instagram following the FS1-televised event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“Mario Mazzagatti does it again!!!” the UFC official wrote. “This guy is more concerned with doing this dumb ass heart bull(expletive) then Ref’n the fight!!! Steals a great moment from Lee or let Mike fight it or tap.
“Nobody gives a (expletive) that u can make a heart with ur hands like a 12 year old girl they want u to pay attention to what’s going on in the fight and do ur job.”
Of course, there weren’t many voices in support of Yamasaki’s performance after he stopped a grudge match between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa in the first round. Lee had locked in a rear-naked choke and was just seconds away from putting Chiesa to sleep when Yamasaki intervened and called off the bout at the 4:37 mark of the opening frame.