Mario Yamasaki Believes Hendricks Dominated GSP, Thinks NSAC Should Make Changes
The cloud of controversy that surrounds Saturday’s UFC 167 main event fight between Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and Georges “Rush” St. Pierre has not yet lifted.
St. Pierre ended up the victor of the fight, but the majority of media members and fighters thought Hendricks deserved to get the win. Mario Yamasaki, the referee in the title fight, is among those who thought St. Pierre did not do enough to retain his title.
“I’m inside the cage so I can’t see the fight as the judge sees it, but I thought Hendricks won the fight. I thought Hendricks dominated the fight, it was brutal, and I was surprised when they gave St-Pierre the win,” Yamasaki recently told MMAFighting.com. “But I’m not the judge. I look at the fight with different eyes.”
Two of the judges, Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks scored the bout 48-47 in favor of St. Pierre. The third judge, Glenn Trowbridge scored the match 48-47 for Hendricks. Yamasaki, on the other hand, said he thought St. Pierre only won the fifth round.
“The first round was slow and could have gone either way. Hendricks dominated the second one. The third was close and could also go either way, and the judges gave it to St-Pierre,” Yamasaki said. “When the fight was over, I thought Hendricks won every round except the last one, but I have to watch the fight again to analyze it as a judge.”
After the fight, criticism rained down on the Nevada State Athletic Commission from UFC President Dana White, among others. Mario Yamasaki believes that White is not in a position to criticize the NSAC, but he does believe that changes need to be made.
“As a promoter, [White] can say anything he wants. He has never done a judging course, so he analyzes the fight as a fan,” Yamasaki Said.
“But [NSAC] needs to do only one judging course to set one criteria on how to analyze a fight. Every referee does his course, so they teach their way to judge a fight,” he said.
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