Mario Yamasaki is in there to protect the fighters, he failed in that goal completely.
If you were watching UFC Belem last night you were witness to perhaps the most lopsided loss in the history of the UFC. Valentina Shevchenko absolutely destroyed UFC newcomer Priscilla Cachoeira while Mario Yamasaki seemed consumed with thoughts outside of the Octagon. He watched and watched, and watched while Cachoeira was outstruck 230-3. Let that sink in.
It wasn’t enough that a battered, injured, bloodied fighter took shot after shot to Yamasaki, he just waited it out, until Shevchenko sunk in a rear naked choke, which Cachoeira had to tap more than once in because the first tap went unnoticed by Super Mario.
People were obviously outraged and Dana White was among them. He took to Instagram with the following message.
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.