UFC NEWS – Rogan Defends Yamasaki And His Actions To Question Him Following UFC 142’s Silva vs. Prater Bout

January 16, 2012 10:00 am by Pedro Carrasco


“[Yamasaki is] a great guy, and I’m always happy to see him. When I step into the octagon however, I represent the people watching at home that might have obvious questions, and when something is controversial I’m forced to confront it honestly because that’s what I would want to hear from a person in my position if I was a fan watching it at home.

It was obviously a controversial call, and I’m sure some of you agree with it, but I certainly think it’s also possible to argue that it was a bad call. That was my perspective, so I had to express it. I’m not a perfect person, and I fuck up all the time. It’s a part of life.

Great referees have made awful mistakes. Even the consensus nominee for the greatest referee of all time, my personal friend the great Big John McCarthy has made mistakes.

Remember when Bustamante had to tap out Matt Lindland twice?

Calling fight as a referee is hard as FUCK. If I was a referee Dana would probably hate me more than he hates Mazagatti. I wouldn’t want that job! That’s a shit load of pressure.

I think Mario Yamasaki is one of the best in the world at refereeing MMA. No doubt about it.

He’s got great insight to the sport, he’s a lifelong martial artist, and he’s a really smart guy.

What I was acting from, is that I saw an incredible young talent get denied a KO victory for a questionable call. When I entered into the Octagon and was told of the official ruling that Silva was going to be disqualified for illegal blows to the back of the head everyone that I was around who heard the news opened their mouths in shock. Everyone said, “what?”

The people in the truck couldn’t believe it. I had to read it back to them because I thought it was a mistake, and when I leaned over to explain it to Goldie he couldn’t believe it either.

I had to ask Mario about it. I didn’t know how he was going to respond, but I had to ask him.

Erick Silva is a very promising fighter and I felt like I had a responsibility to address the issue.


No disrespect intended.”


UFC ringside announced Joe Rogan took to the underground forum this past weekend to release a statement explaining why he handled the Silva vs. Prater controversy in the manner he did.

Many thought Yamasaki made a bad call when he announced the disqualification of Silva for illegally striking the back of the head. The same goes for Joe Rogan, many fans voiced concern that he was unprofessional in questioning the ref’s decision in the manner he did after the same bout.

Who was right and who was wrong has turned into a debate amongst MMA fans. However, for his part Rogan offered the explanation above.

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