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‘I Hope He Never Steps Foot In The Octagon Again’ – Dana White Blasts UFC Referee

Valentina Shevchenko made her UFC flyweight debut last night, where she faced Priscila Cachoeira in Belem, Brazil. 

All of the odds were stacked against Cachoeira, and the fight played out as expected. Shevchenko proved too skilled and experienced and violently cruised to a victory, finishing the Brazilian in the second via rear-naked choke.

This victory now extends her record in the UFC to 4-2, with her two losses coming against UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes.

Immediately after the fight, Shevchenko took her opportunity to call for a title shot against UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano, who won the most recent series of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ crowning her the first-ever UFC women’s flyweight champion.

However, her dominant flyweight debut was somewhat overshadowed by the performance of the referee, Mario Yamasaki.

Many people felt the fight was far too one-sided, and that the fight should have been stopped much, much sooner before Shevchenko sunk in the rear-naked choke.


Mario Yamasaki hasn’t received the best media attention in recent times, he famously stopped the bout between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa prematurely, ending the fight before Chiesa had tapped or fell unconscious from Lee’s rear-naked choke.

UFC president Dana White voiced his anger over the referee’s performance:

He wrote:

“Priscilla Cachoeira, you showed so much heart and toughness in that fight. I’m honored to have you fight in the UFC. Unfortunately the ref is there to protect you and Mario DID NOT do that. This isn’t his first disgusting performance in the octagon. Another unfortunate thing is that i can’t do anything about I️t only the Brazilian commission can and (I) am hoping after this scary, incompetent showing he hopefully will never set foot in that Octagon again. Strikes landed was 230-3.”

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