6 Thoughts On The UFC’s Week: Cheating Pays $50K, Someone’s Lying, Missed Opportunities And More

Ref Mario Yamasaki took a verbal beating for his execution amid the ladies’ flyweight session between Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira. The general feeling was that Yamasaki let the disproportionate battle go ahead dreadfully some time before Cachoeira tapped to a gag in the second round.

Referee Mario Yamasaki offered a poor excuse as to why he allowed Valentina Shevchenko to steamroll over Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

When Cachoeira submitted, she was battered and bloodied. She was never in the battle. The sensible thing would have been to wave off the session between the first and second round, yet nobody decided. Thus Shevchenko, who landed 95 strikes in the first round to Cachoeira’s three, smacked her rival with 135 more strikes previously the end came at 4:25 of the second stanza. Cachoeira landed zero strikes amid the second stanza.


Yamasaki attempted to legitimize his part in the beating.


“In the second round, I motioned to ‘Pedrita’ that in the event that she didn’t move I’d stop the session.” Yamasaki told MMAjunkie through his agent. “Each time I went to stop it, I flagged it to her, and she moved trying to get away from the blows. Tragically, I likewise can’t control the quantity of strikes that are tossed. Once more, while she’s searching for a turnaround, she’s in the diversion. Warriors experience times of extraordinary exertion and devotion keeping in mind the end goal to be there. MMA is a physical game, and no contender likes to have the battle hindered without an opportunity to turn around the result.


“The way I see it, I permitted ‘Pedrita’ to be a warrior and continue battling. I could have ceased the battle in the second cross or in the mount, yet she was moving constantly. I likewise remember I ought to have halted it on the principal tap of the back stripped gag, and I just ceased a couple of moments later. With respect to other individuals’ sentiments, they (once more) have their entitlement to issue them.”



Being a “warrior” is one you hear regularly in MMA circles. You as a rule hear it after a warrior has been beaten to the point of being unrecognizable or after somebody has declined to tap and left the confine with a broken or disjoined appendage. And keeping in mind that I don’t believe it’s a particularly brave position to take, it is the warrior’s decision to take that position.


We know contenders are extreme. We know they are regularly excessively intense for their own particular great. That is no less than one reason the official is in the enclosure, to shield contenders from themselves. Yamasaki’s expected set of responsibilities isn’t to give the contender a chance to be a warrior. His activity, and the activity of each MMA ref, is to ensure the warrior is sheltered. Now and again that implies settling on a hard choice and canceling a battle. Yamasaki did not settle on a hard choice at UFC Fight Night 125, and he copped out after the battle too.

Words Vs. Activities


There was a considerable measure of hand-wringing when it came to Yamasaki. The MMA media dropped the hammer on him. UFC President Dana White called him “sickening” and a “dolt.” He then “guaranteed” that we could never observe Yamasaki again inside the octagon.

UFC official David Shaw said at the UFC Fight Night 125 question and answer session that the advancement would work with the Brazilian Athletic Commission of MMA (CABMMA), to guarantee something like what occurred in the Shevchenko versus Cachoeira battle could never happen again. Shaw said this while Cachoeira was being tended to at the clinic after the battle.


Everybody said the correct thing after the battle. Indeed, everybody with the exception of Yamasaki (see above). Be that as it may, we know the UFC is a machine that dependably pushes ahead. We likewise know the UFC now and again doesn’t have the longest memory.


So while the message after the battle was clear, it will enthusiasm to perceive how obvious that message remains when a commission endeavors to put Yamasaki as a ref at a future UFC occasion.


You’re A Liar. No, you are The Liar


UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley as of late said he supposes his next battle will be a title safeguard against Nate Diaz.


“I feel that battle will happen,” Woodley told ESPN. “I figure it will happen this year. I believe it’s far more probable than individuals figure it out. There are discussions about Nate and I battling in July. The UFC has offered Nate that battle. They simply need to make it worth his while.


“I think I’ll battle Nate this year, and I figure it will be my arrival to the Octagon. On the off chance that I needed to wager the house on it, that is my next adversary.”


The battle is senseless. Diaz isn’t a welterweight. Other than his 2016 battles against lightweight champ Conor McGregor, Diaz has not battled at 170 pounds since 2011 when he lost a choice to Rory MacDonald. His latest win at welterweight, again not including his March 2016 triumph over McGregor, came in 2010 when he gagged out Marcus Davis at UFC 118. Be that as it may, we know Diaz is somebody who conveys fans to battles, so the matchup isn’t out of the domain of plausibility nowadays.


Overall, White commented that Woodley would be destitute on the off chance that he made that wager.


“He’s destitute. He’s brimming with (swearword),” White said on “UFC Tonight.” “That battle was never made. You couldn’t be all the more off-base. He couldn’t be all the more brimming with (interjection). It’s by no means evident. It’s so not genuine, that our legal counselor really hit him up today, hit his supervisor up and said he needs to quit saying these sort of things, since it’s by no means evident.”

White needs Woodley to battle Rafael dos Anjos.


White could have moved toward the subject with some level of dignity, yet rather he lashed out at Woodley, who has been a UFC champ since he thumped out Robbie Lawler in 2016. Woodley, legitimately chafed at being known as a liar, reacted on Twitter.

Woodley will likely profit. As the UFC supervisor, that ought to be White’s objective too, in light of the fact that any battle that profits will likewise profit. Rather, White has set himself up for appalling arrangements with Woodley.


The dos Anjos battle makes more sense from a focused point of view, yet the way White took care of things with Woodley wouldn’t make that battle simple to assemble.


Better, believe it, We’re Doing This Again


For reasons unknown, regardless we’re discussing Floyd Mayweather perhaps battling UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the UFC. As a matter of fact, despite everything we’re discussing the conceivable matchup for one reason – the battle would make the UFC a truckload of cash.


UFC President Dana White as of late endeavoured to drive Mayweather into confronting McGregor inside the octagon.


“Floyd said paving the way to the battle with Conor that he would do both,” White told “UFC Tonight.” “We’ll see what happens. Clearly the main way appearing well and good is whether he comes into the octagon. We went over and boxed him – the UFC and Conor McGregor. Presently it’s the ideal opportunity for him to respond and come battle in the octagon.”

As a matter of first importance, “we” boxed him. I know the UFC got a major piece of money for enabling McGregor to battle Mayweather in an enclosing match August, however there was no we. That was Mcgregor all by his friendless in the ring.


Second, the possibility that the UFC is going to blame Mayweather for consenting to a MMA battle is funny.


I secured this previously, and I’m certain I’ll cover it once more, yet would we be able to quit discussing this… please?


Deceiving Can Pay Up To $50,000


There is one thing that is sure in a MMA battle and that is a warrior will quite often escape with one conspicuous foul before the official considers deducting a point. Normally that foul is something like a crotch kick, an enclosure snatch or an eye jab. At Saturday’s UFC 221 it was an awful and grievous eye gouge straight out of the master wrestling playbook that the ref overlooked.


Ahead of schedule in the second round of the welterweight session between Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang, Matthews had his rival in a tight guillotine stifle. As Matthews attempted to constrain Jingliang to tap, Jingliang came to up and put two of his fingers into Matthews’ eye. That is not a misrepresentation; his fingers were in Matthews’ eye. The official saw the illicit move. Accordingly, the ref cautioned Jingliang and slapped at his hand.

At the point when Matthews discharged his gag he was seeping from the eye that Jingliang gouged. As whatever is left of the round played out, UFC reporter Jon Anik watched the battle would have likely finished without the foul.


At the point when the round finished up, the foul was replayed on the screens inside the Perth Arena. The group reacted with a melody of boos.


Jingliang, who could have – and presumably ought to have – been precluded for the foul, lost the session by consistent choice, yet he wasn’t rebuffed for the unlawful move. Actually, the UFC remunerated him.


At the point when the advancement doled out the post-occasion rewards, Matthews and Jingliang won “Battle of the Night.” Each contender brought home $50,000 for that respect.


The official, Mark Simpson, communicated something specific that even a foul as egregious as an eye gouge will go unpunished. That was awful, however it wasn’t as awful as the UFC giving Jingliang an additional $50,000 for tricking.


The advancement could have given the session “Battle of the Night,” and withheld Jingliang’s segment of the reward. It could have given Matthews all $100,000. Matthews could have been granted $50,000 for an “Execution of the Night” and the other $50,000 could have gone to another contender who had a reward commendable win. Rather the advancement did only reward a contender who unmitigatedly bamboozled and could have extremely harmed his adversary.


The UFC committed an immense error in remunerating Jingliang.

No Sale


The UFC presentation of Israel Adesanya was a fantastic one. The 28-year old warrior earned a moment round TKO prevail upon Rob Wilkinson and guaranteed a $50,000 “Execution of the Night” reward. The win was his twelfth knockout triumph in 12 genius MMA battles.

After the battle, Adesanya demonstrated that his receiver aptitudes were as amazing as his striking abilities when he pronounced, “Middleweights, I’m the new canine in the yard and I simply pissed everywhere throughout the enclosure.”


Everything about Adesanya, who has been contrasted with previous UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, shouted potential star.


The UFC could have had the 28-year-old Nigerian show up at the post-battle question and answer session to give him some time with the media who secured the occasion. Adesanya did not show up after the battle. It was a gigantic missed open door for the advancement.

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