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Sunday, 01/15/2012, 12:04 am

UFC NEWS – Yamasaki vs. Silva vs. Prater: UFC 142 Tainted With Refs Bad Call

Tonight’s UFC 142 event was one of the most brutally entertaining events in recent memory. From top to bottom the main card fighter’s delivered in a big way with finish after finish after finish.

However, the official standings on the main card has one glaring gap in decisive wins when it shouldn’t.

Carlo Prater notched a victory tonight via disqualification over the rising star in Erick Silva.

The two faced off in the center of the Octagon tonight in their main card featured attraction. A slight touch of gloves and a brief feeling out process was followed up by a brutal knee to the body delivered by Silva that dropped his opponent where he stood.

A shuffle for position and several unanswered blows to the head later and referee Mario Yamasaki halted the bout and sent Silva and his corner into celebration mode.

It took the Brazilian, Silva, just 29 seconds to crush his opponent with a violent display of strikes. But he did it all in vain.

In one of the strangest developments in Mixed Martial Arts history the third man in the cage, went to the celebrating fighter’s corner to notify him that he was disqualified from the match due to illegally striking his opponent to the back of the head.

It was an obvious bad call for anyone who had a good view of the action. Silva carefully placed his blows to the side of his opponents head, but while transitioning positions, grazed Praters head in the illegal zone just once. The blow itself was unintentional and was in no way the reason Prater was finished.

UFC ringside commentator Joe Rogan reviewed the replay in-depth for the audience, the fighter’s in the ring and Yamasaki in an attempt to prove his point that a DQ was just a bad call, but it was too late. The bout was already officially announced and rendered a DQ victory for Prater.

While in the cage an obviously disturbed Rogan stated, “In my mind, it’s a victory.” The UFC shared his sentiments via their official twitter account shortly after the decision was rendered with, “Roger that Joe Rogan.”

“BS call for Erick Silva,” said UFC President Dana White after the announcement was made.

It’s a problem; however Yamasaki made the call he thought appropriate at the time. An enormous amount of pressure is put on these referees to not only protect the fighters in the cage but to also keep the rules in play and render proper decisions when needed.

Unfortunately for Silva, Yamasaki got it wrong tonight.

“Everyone here knows that wasn’t intentional. I don’t know what else to say,” said a disappointed Silva once back in the locker room.

With no commission in Brazil to protest against the referee’s decision, the UFC acts as their own governing body and as such does have the ability to overturn the error made by Yamasaki should they so desire.

If they choose to stand by the call made inside the cage, the least they could do is give the young Brazilian a rematch as soon as possible and give him the opportunity to set the record straight.

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110 Responses to “UFC NEWS – Yamasaki vs. Silva vs. Prater: UFC 142 Tainted With Refs Bad Call”

  1. Logan says:

    Yamasaki looks higher than a kite

    • sandman says:

      haha,ya him an joe b hittin the bubbla. i like how joe throws out his opion and states his ‘decision’ that there was maybe one unintentional strike to the back of the head. erick silva earns the victory in my book too. power of a mike in yer hand & the balls to say whatever you believe.

  2. Nick says:

    Dan was standing AJ up hella quick too.

  3. Ruben says:

    I’m fine with the DQ, he did land several shots to the back of the head. Of course everyone is gonna be furious especially after the way Joe Rogan went off. First off Rogan got into his prospect hype mode right off the bat, saying Silva had the look of a champion and whatnot. Then as he was showing the replay to the ref, it clearly showed some strikes to the back of the head and Rogan just ignored them. He got too emotional and wasn’t thinking straight. And of course most UFC fans think that whatever Joe says is 100% correct so yeah most people will say this was a bad call, but in my opinion it was a fine call by the ref.

    • Randy says:

      you cant say that at all, what you say several shots to the back of the head was one.. which was clearly stated in the description if you took 1 min to read it

      • Ruben says:

        Im going by what i saw not by what the article says, i saw at least 3 shots to the back of the head. Now if this article had some video proof that there was only one then yeah my argument would make no sense but there isn’t any.

        • Kyle K. says:

          They showed a pretty damn good replay and he was hitting him in the side of the head then the dude covered up and while silva was on his way to the other side he landed ONE unintentional blow to the back of his head then after that ONE blow he went got to the other side of the dudes head. It’s not Rogans fault that you are wrong you were to busy not liking what joe did to pay any attention to the slow-mo replay.

        • DBKlein69 says:

          take erick silva’s nuts out of ur mouth. there were 4-5 shots to the BACK of the head. silva looks like he’s gonna be something special, but he got a little over-zealous here.

        • Mayor of Deviance says:

          I agree 100%. I counted 3 shots to the back of the head as well. Yamasaki had definite cause to call the fight as a DQ. The shot that finally collapsed the guy was a shot to the back of the head, and that’s the one that counts most when calling the fight.

        • Thurgood Jenkins says:

          Good assessment Mayor. After Silva landed the knee and Prater went down, Silva started landing shots. It’s a close call whether some of them were to the side or the back of the head. But it looked pretty clear that the last three shots that landed before Yamasaki called for the stoppage were to the back of the head.

        • calvin says:

          When vitor was on bottom the first time he landed 3 direct shots to the back of the head wheres his dq? and they were more clear shots than the graze silva had

        • Ray says:

          Those shots were not to the back of the head, they were more to the side almost behind the ear. There was one that did touch the back of the head but it was barely a punch, almost like a tap, that DQ was bullshit, and they need to overturn it

        • fedorVbrock says:

          you need to learn where it is illegal and legal, it might look like the back of the head, but really its the side. He did NOT punch him in the back of the head 3 times, only once. And EVEN if you were right and he hit him 3 times in the back of the head, the fight was not ended because of that, the fight was ended when the guy turtled up after the knee to the body.

        • DBKlein69 says:

          u need to watch who ur speaking to fedorvbrock. u are not even on my level to be replying to my comments. not only are ur replies pointless and meaningless, they are also misguided and ill-advised. get off ur mother’s couch and step a little closer to the tv when watching the replay. multiple shots to the back of the head while yamasaki is instructing him to ‘watch the back of the head’. this will be a lesson learned for silva. pick ur shots more carefully.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      I’m with Ruben on this one and I saw multiple shots to the back of the head not just one. There were some on the side and some on the back 13 or 14 total during the time in question. I counted at least 4 or 5 shots to the back of the head. But Mario is in the heat of the moment and has to make the decision right there and he repeatedly told him not to hit the back of the head.

    • Xaninho says:

      You clearly need a new pair of glasses if you saw more than one unintentional strike, it wasn’t even a good one.

    • Donnybrook says:

      BS!!!… I CLEARY saw one graze to the back of the head!… Does not warrant a DG… I’m with Joe, just like 98 percent of the MMA community is on this one.

    • scott says:

      im pretty sure people trust rogans opinions because he is a tae kwon do blackbelt and a VERY high ranking bjj student… what were your credentials again?

  4. Wasnt that bad. he hit im in the back of the head more than once and Mario warned him and he still did it. Also, a real a hole move by Rogan to call Yamasaki out like that.

    • Ruben says:

      Yea i completely agree, im not a fan of commentators doing that to refs. All they want to do is put them on the spot and try to humiliate them, and its quite pointless too cuz its not like the ref can change his mind and over rule what he initially said.

    • Saoiste says:

      Rogan gets carried away with himself sometimes I think .

      His commentary at times detailing the jui jitsu techniques are excellent but then times like this he oversteps the mark like he is involved in the hiring & firing of fighters & staff .

      Unless he is something more than a commentator he should stick to his job & at worst acknowledge that referees have a very difficult job to do .

      Its easy to be critical after watching 4 or 5 replays but the referee is in the cage , caught up in the spirit of the fight & he has to act in the best interests of the fighters & the sports health in making educated split second decisions .

      Rogan was way outa line & unless he intends to rival Yamasaki as a referee he should keep his mouth shut about something he knows nothing about .

      He has never even fought one single fight against a professional fighter let alone been in danger of getting concussed by one in competition .

      A good solid boot in tha balls every day for a week should bring him round to his senses & ensure he doesnt get all Hindsight experty & gay in public again . I nominate Frank Trigg for that job , on Matt Hughes recommendation .

      Fuck you Joe Rogan .

      • Xaninho says:

        Nothing to do with hindsight experty. Yamasaki was the only one thinking there were repeated illegal blows to the back of the head.

        Prater was being a bitch and complaining about it and then Yamasaki decided to DQ Silva. Silva got robbed pure and simple..Fighters deliberately turn the back of their heads towards their opponents. If you do, don’t be surprised you’ll get a punch or two there.

        • DBKlein69 says:

          fighters deliberately turn the back of their heads towards their opponents for a reason. IT IS ILLEGAL TO HIT THEM THERE. genius.

        • Xaninho says:

          I’m surprised you can spell the word genius, genius…

        • DBKlein69 says:

          atleast u accept the fact that ur comment was dumb. as are most of them.

        • Xaninho says:

          Who says I’m accepting anything? I’m just surprised you can spell genius.

        • DBKlein69 says:

          yes xaninHO by focusing on my fantastic spelling instead of offering a reason why ur comment wasn’t retarded is, in fact, admitting ur comment was retarded.

        • Xaninho says:

          There was nothing retarded about my comment(s). I don’t feel the need to counter your assumptions, simply cuz your assumptions are pointless.

          First come up with some well-grounded arguments to prove a point. Calling other peoples arguments retarded isn’t proving anything. Just makes you look even dumber than you already are….

        • DBKlein69 says:

          …says the guy with the retarded comments

      • Joe Rogan? says:

        Actually sir you are completely incorrect. Before television and before the UFC Joe Rogan was a Tae Kwan Do champion and had a lot of fight training in different styles, so he has fought against professional fighters. You might want to look him up on the Wikipedia before you talk out of your ass. Take Yamasaki’s small Asian penis out of your mouth.

      • GreenTeaBagger says:

        I agree. You only have an instant in the ring to make a decision, but a lifetime to review it. Shit happens people.

    • Jujitsu Player says:

      Didn’t think Rogan was right to do what he did but that’s what you get from him, he’s geniune and he speaks his mind. IMO it was a bull shit decision by Yamasaki.

    • Dane says:

      There was like two clear good blows to the back of the head right before the fight was stopped. That’s why fighters have to have discipline. Silva had a great win, but he fucked it up. always gotta blame the ref.

  5. Mike says:

    yeah, agree with the ref…..One to many blows to the back of the head is dangeous us shit.

  6. Mario Yamasaki says:

    I am a moron.

  7. exit 8 says:

    Are you guys serious. Watch the fight. He hit him 1 time in the back of the head. Yamasaki deserved to be called out. That’s his job and he cost a guy a win.

  8. BiggDon says:

    Didn’t have a problem with the DQ, just had a problem with the reason for the DQ. When I realized it was a DQ I thought for sure it was due to the multiple punches Silva threw after Mario stopped the fight.

  9. pk9grrr says:

    when i first saw this fight my first opinion is yeh there are a few shots to the back of the head,so imagine how it looked to yamasaki in his persective so in all honsety none of us cant realy say shit ,yamasaki was doing his job it was a tough call but i reckon any good ref would have made the same call

  10. muffness says:

    yeah Vitor should have his two bouts over turned to a no contest as well because his were so much more blatant than Silva’s

  11. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Wouldn’t it be a DQ then?

    • DBKlein69 says:

      fortybj’s4$five, belfort hit franklin once on the back of the head, there was no warning, belfort hit akiyama once on the back of the head, again there was no warning. both of those fights were stopped before any warnings were given because there was only 1 illegal blow among a flurry of legal blows. erick silva was being warned and did not obey those warnings until his final 2 blows, which were thrown after yamasaki had decided to move in and stop it. the repeated hammerfists to the back of the head was what made yamasaki move in.

  12. kaleb says:

    Well I saw two punches but that doesn’t matter now but Titan wasn’t wrong about him possibly becoming the next big thing think about it the only two people who have been dq’ed other then him were the spider and bones I think that should say something right there

  13. gil says:

    This article seems Whiney. bad calls happen and fights go on. this fight card was not tarnished any more than any other fight card. It might be time to unsubscribe from whiney news feed and get my mma news from a more objective site.

  14. brian says:

    first, generally, i’m a joe rogan fan. but what he did post fight was pretty unprofessional of himself. and to be honest, he’s the only one that i feel stepped out of line. the call by Mario was obviously in question enough even after watching the slow motion replay, you can’t blame the guy for his call. erick silva is a beast, obviously wasn’t intentionally hitting prater in the back of the head. but rogan is the one that exacerbated the situation. maybe UFC should be able to refer to replays on disputes like this? can’t blame the fighter or the ref, but rogan was being a douche.

  15. Eric says:

    You guys saying it was a good call obviously don’t watch enough mma. You need to understand what constitutes the back of the head and only one grazing blow was in that area. It is pretty unprecedented for someone to be disqualified for an obvious accidental punch like that. People turtle up and are hit like that in every fight and a point is rarely evn taken. Stop bashing Joe and learn about the sport. Dana and the ufc agreed it was a bad call and they kind of know what they are talking about. Learn about mma or buy eyeglasses at least.

    • DBKlein69 says:

      eric dont be afraid to open ur eyes and watch the fight. 4-5 blows to the back of the head is cause for dq. jon jones got dq’d for one illegal 12-6 elbow. silva was way too aggressive and did not pick his shots wisely. good job by yamasaki

  16. Slayer says:

    I did watch the replay, it was indeed about 3 shots to the back of the head that actually landed. I think it’s a good call. Joe was letting his emotions take of him that’s why most of the fans believed him.

  17. daveo says:

    The obvious answer to this is to overturn the decision in the UFC standings and to refuse to ever let Yamasaki work their fights again. I’m glad he thinks he is protecting fighters but his ego exceeds his judgement, he should have watched a replay before making that decision.

  18. Zack says:

    He landed ONE strike to the back of the head after 20 unanswered shots. He dropped like a sack of potatoes and layed in the fetal position. That fight was over. I like how the other dude acts like it hurt him. Watch the replay he barley hits him with a short Brock Lesnar hammer fist. The fight should be overturned to a no contest.

  19. Chartmonster! says:

    Erick Silva is an impressive bradduh! Yamasucki blew that one, but I guess it was close to the back of the head.

  20. Night-Wind says:

    Damn great night of fights! So glad that Vitor won, really impressive victories. Rousimar was awesome, Aldo was outstanding and that head kick blew me out!!

  21. DOnt whine like a donkey says:

    ok? R-E-M-A-T-C-H will do

  22. Robbie Wiggins says:

    overall Yamasaki is a pretty good referee,Hey he made a mistake on this one. Just glad it wasnt a title fight or something. I dont think we gotta worry about big “Saki” making a habit of making alotta bad calls.

  23. Ray says:

    I dont even think some of yal actually saw the fight, that DQ was complete bullshit. There was one shot that touched the back of his head, and it was merely a tap. The UFC needs to overturn this, yet another bad call by Yamasaki.

  24. SanSooRob says:

    Joe Rogan starting to turn my off , I can’t believe I like ken flow more now wtf

  25. SanSooRob says:

    The Oscar goes too Prater

  26. GreenTeaBagger says:

    Hey Rogan….when did you become President of the UFC??? Stfu and call the fights like they pay tour bitch ass to do. When are they going to get an actual fighter to take your place????

    • scott says:

      you do know rogan is a tae kwon do world champion….right? he also has years of training in bjj. i dont think you guys realize how much experience rogan actually has in this sport. he taught gsp how to properly use the spinning side kick!!!! its on youtube, look it up if ya want. im not on here to argue with anyone, i just want you to understand that he seriouly knows what hes talking about. i do agree that he gets a bit over excited at time though.

  27. ImfromHawaiiBeaches says:

    There weren’t multiple shot’s to the back of the head, one shot and they were rabbit style hammer fists. Not a postured up bombing right hand or elbow. Erick Silva better get his win bonus, he deserves it. By no means should there be an immediate rematch though, Carlo Prater doesn’t deserve the punishment that would be unleashed on him in the octagon by a robbed Erick Silva

  28. WrongCallsshouldbeReversed says:

    Put your Tv or computer on mute and watch the replay in slo-mo you Idiots on this forum. Forget about Joe Rogan’s opinion and have your own, you will clearly see that almost every shot landed to either side of the head and even if a few slipped to the back of the head, Prater was completely fucked from the knee and was doing a poor job of defending himself and by no means was fighting back before the shots in question happened

  29. DAVE says:

    Strange that alot of folks are down on Rogan? He just stated the facts-I myself saw One, just one punch hit the back of his head-BAD CALL really bad for Silva to have all that forward motion derailed for bad judgement,and not bad fighting

  30. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    I think what most people are forgetting is that Mario has the best seat in the house and is watching out for all types of illegal strikes to prevent fighters from getting hurt. The fight was a fast 29 seconds and even if you were to watch the replay it would still be difficult to tell where exactly the hits were landing because you are watching it on a 2D image. Mario was a couple feet away and could see where the strikes were landing. Joe Rogan although I find him very entertaining he miscounted and ignored some strikes to save face. Come up with your own opinion folks.

    • Xaninho says:

      On this one I really have to disagree with you, side of the head behind the ear is NOT illegal bro…2D or 3D it was still clear just one touch on the back, not even hard enough to call it a strike.

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        Idk man… I have watched it multiple times since yesterday and from my non referee MMA fan perspective I saw multiple blows to the back of the head as well as to the side of the head. This might sound like a stretch but what about the forearm striking the back of the head? Do those count even if the fist hits the side of the head? There is a lot of gray area and Silva should have just punched him in the face rather than lay on him and hammer fist him in that weird position. Also he should have listened to the ref when he says not to hit the back of the head multiple times.

        Big Nog vs Mir 2 it was a similar problem and Nog made a sincere effort to change his strikes so he could continue his attack. Although he did lose to zombie Mir LOL. My point is if Mario did tell Silva not to punch the back of the head and he didn’t really change his striking pattern enough to see a difference.

        • Xaninho says:

          I can understand your point.

          It wasn’t possible for him to punch his face though. Like I mentioned before opponents in trouble abuse the rule for their benefit.

          I’ve done tae kwon do tournaments and ofcourse strikes to the back of the head are illegal as well. But when an opponent deliberately turns their back or head to prevent getting hit in the face or body it’s one point deduction. There should be a rule like that in MMA too…

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          Yeah, same here only I did Karate. Idk what your tournament was like but I don’t think you guys could TKO each other could you? Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do have really morphed into something else other than a combat discipline. I I think you will find that more people in MMA don’t want to get hit in the face out of instinct rather than strategy.

        • Xaninho says:

          You’re right about the morphing thing, it was one of the reasons I took up Muay Thai next to the tae kwon do. Competing in Muay Thai was much closer to ‘the real thing’ sorta speak..But the full-contact tae kwon do matches (T)KO’s were allowed. I didn’t like not being allowed to punch in the face though..

          But back to the subject: Instinct or not it would be still a foul. I bet Silva didn’t aim for the back of his head in this case either.

  31. danny v says:

    The real problem here, is the UFC’s gray-zone of a rule book. The ref’s shouldn’t have to use their discretion as much as they do. The refs are there to enforce rules, and RULES should be black and white. How hard is it to say “for every strike to the back of the head – whether intentional or otherwise – the fighter is given a warning. If a fighter gets 3 warnings, he loses a point.” But no, that’d be to easy to judge. Let’s make it a craps shoot so we can all have fun guessing how a ref’s gonna act that day.

  32. jakdjasd says:

    I think that it was actually a good call by yamasaki. Eric landed 4 – 6 strikes to the back of the head and from that position punches aren’t powerful enough to make someone’s legs go limp unless hit to the back of the head.

    • DAVE says:

      4-6 strikes to the back of the head????which fight were you watching?you really need to go to a vision center-i watched the fight 6 times–only 1 punch to the back of the head

  33. A.James says:

    Rogan showed the replay and backed up his view. The UFC sides with Joe. Everyone else can eat a dick. Rogan has been a huge part of the UFC and MMA movement. Stupid keyboard warriors.

  34. jboy says:

    It doesn’t matter one blow to the back of the head that causes u to go limp is illegal ..people turn there head to get hit in the back of the head I s a technique ,its like putting your hand on the ground so u don’t get knee’d..Joe rogan is an idiot and did ignore some shots to the back of the head .Mario made a great call

  35. Long-Strong says:

    this is definitely the one instance in the event should get the most attention. however, what are people’s opinions on the standing up of Rumble during his fight? i thought it was very unusual (might have to watch it again)

    • DBKlein69 says:

      yea. reminded me of rampage/wanderlei fight from pride. very quick stand-up. almost as if mirgliotta himself was pissed off at johnson for missing weight

  36. daveee says:

    its been 2 days,,,,when is there going be more news,,,,this thread is getting old

  37. jason sanchez says:

    I also counted about three shots to the back of the head. whether or not that is intentional doesn’t change the fact that Prater got hit at the back of the head. Mario was warning Silva to Watch the back of the head. I think that call is legit.

  38. t says:

    i dont care if it was 1 or 3 if a ref sees an illegal strike and the fighter cant continue then its a dq call any ref would do that its simple maybe just a rematch will happen and thats all so what so calls are always gonna be bad let it go who really cares beacause u werent 1 of the 2 men in that fight that it matters to

  39. Imbroglio says:

    I know all has been said about the fight but im gonna say my point of view as well. w/e. I also counted at least 3 blows in the back of the head, and though i do believe they were unintentional, i liked that a ref finally acted upon that. maybe a NC would be more fair because silva did work and he didnt mean it, but when you see illegal (dangerous) hits and you see the guy complaining about the shoulder, which means he cannot continue (maybe he even didnt see the blows on the shoulder while he went in to stop the fight and he connected the hurt with the hits on the back but thats far fetched maybe) then you should do something. he chose to DQ silva. not a wrong call but maybe a bad call. joe though he knows what he is talking about when it comes to martial arts this time he went overboard with his reaction and he was not right. people saying that the other guy was covering up and silva could not avoid the back of the head are idiots. then he should try something else..
    plus the ufc commission should fucking support the ref. THAT was unprofessional. no one should care if a tv presenter talks BS. just turn to FOX… but the commission has to protect the sport and its integrity, and therefore the ref probably best by not commenting or saying that they have full trust in their refs in general. i can see how yamasaki now probably wont ref a title match for a long time but the stuff on twitter is ridiculous a fucking circus. is everything about viewership? ppl like joe we say to joe we roger what he says and we ll be good? wtf
    i guess i covered it all lol

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