This weekend’s UFC Fight Night 125 saw elite-level fighter Valentina Shevchenko completely destroy non-elite fighter Priscila Cachoeira in the co-main event.
The beating was so thorough and one-sided, in fact, that many felt referee Mario Yamasaki was remiss in not jumping in and giving Shevchenko the win via TKO. Instead, Shevchenko ultimately had to force Cachoeira to tap out to a submission in the second round… which was about five minutes too much of a mauling no one wanted to see.
Obviously, poor matchmaking is partially to blame. But it’s hard to ignore the notion that Yamasaki’s job is to protect the fighters, and he failed at his job.
UFC boss Dana White was understandably a bit upset over the whole debacle.
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.