Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 112 ended with a little controversy.
After what had been a brutal, back and forth first round, referee Mario Yamasaki ended the fight between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa early. Lee was announced the winner of the fight by rear-naked choke, but it came without a tap out or Chiesa becoming unconscious.
Chiesa was livid immediately after the fight was called and the choke was released. He immediately began to plead with Yamasaki.
UFC president Dana White didn’t waste any time putting forward his thoughts on the call. In a scathing post on his personal Instagram page, White peppered his complaint over Yamaski’s decision to end the fight with his personal thoughts on the referee himself.
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Mario Mazzagatti does it again!!! This guy is more concerned with doing this dumb ass heart bullshit then Ref'n the fight!!! Steals a great moment from Lee or let Mike fight it or tap. Nobody gives a shit that u can make a heart with ur hands like a 12 year old girl they want u to pay attention to what's going on in the fight and do ur job.
Fair enough. I don’t like the heart thing either.
Watching the fight, it seemed fairly obvious that Chiesa wasn’t getting out of that choke. It was already under his chin and he appeared to be wavering just before the fight was called. He didn’t tap out, so technically Yamaski should have waited longer, but it’s difficult to get too upset at a referee who was prioritizing a fighters safety.