Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko could not have been more impressive in her Saturday night flyweight debut, out-landing her opponent Priscila Cachoeira by a 230-3 margin en-route to a second-round submission win. Regrettably, much of the buzz surrounding this fight has been negative, as the widespread perception is that referee Mario Yamasaki let this one-sided beatdown go on for far longer than it should have.
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.
Valentina Shevchenko’s manager Roger Allen has heard this backlash, and though he’s a little less heavy-handed than UFC President Dana White and some of Yamasaki’s other critics, he agrees the referee could have stopped the fight earlier.
“There were several times I thought I saw the referee move in as if he was going to stop the fight,” Allen told BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor. “It appeared that each time Priscilla moved or action changed it continued.”
“I could not see what the referee was observing but, From my perspective it could have been stopped sooner,” he continued. “Obviously my primary focus was on Valentina and the time clock”
What was your impression of Valentina Shevchenko’s mauling of Priscila Cachoeira? Do you think Mario Yamasaki should have stopped the fight earlier, or does the onus perhaps lie on the UFC’s matchmakers or Cachoeira’s corner?
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