Referee, Mario Yamasaki, was the center for controversy this weekend when he ruled Erick Silva the loser by disqualification, due to illegal strikes to the back of Carlos Praters head. The ruling came as a shock to most of us, including Joe Rogan who later interrogated the referee at the end of the match.
When questioned why did Joe Rogan feel the need to confront Yamasaki on the controversial call Joe responded with this according to www.opposingviews.com
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.
It seems as if Joe Rogan was just trying to get to the answers that most everyone was questioning. In a fight where the dominant competitor lands a single strike to the back of the head within a flurry of strikes, why wouldn’t that warrant a warning before a disqualification?
On the other hand it is much easier for the people not in the center of the octagon to make these calls with the benefit of hindsight. It’s easy to say that fighter didn’t deserve that call or did deserve it whenever you are not responsible for the well being of the men in the cage.
Here’s to hoping we get a little better with the calls in MMA.
Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
Jose Aldo retains his belt after a spectacular finish. A knee to challenger Chad Mendes’ face ends the night for the young fighter, as a first round KO is on the books with only one second remaining in the round.
Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
It appears that no matter what weight class Johnson is officially going to be classified he still can’t edge out a win over crowd favorite Vitor Belfort. Belfort wins the fight via rear naked choke in the first round with only eleven seconds left.
Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Massenzio
A Palhares heal hook puts an end to Mike Massenzio early in the first round as Massenzio taps with only a minute and three seconds passing.
Erick Silva vs Carlos Prater
Carlos Prater is the winner of this match, due to a controversial call by UFC referee Mario Yamasaki. The official decision comes early in the first round where Silva is disqualified due to strikes to the back of his opponents head.
Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim
Barboza wins this fight in spectacular fashion as a spinning wheel kick lands flush on Etim ending the fight in the third round by way of knockout. This one will surely make the highlight reels.
UFC 142 kicks off with the official weigh ins, readying for the card to begin tomorrow, live on pay per view, from Rio de Janeiro.
It appears that Anthony Johnson was not able to make weight at the official weigh in coming in at 196lbs. That’s eleven pounds over the division limit in which he was attempting to cut to. Which leaves us wondering, what will this result in for the young fighter?
The co main event in UFC 142 appears as though it could become a real barn burner for fans of the sport. The former light heavyweight belt holder Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (20-9), will battle it out with new middleweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (10-3). Anthony Johnson has finally made the move up from welterweight after having struggled to make the cut in the past.
Fighting in Vitor’s home country can not be an advantage that Johnson is looking forward to but we have no concerns about him being prepared.
In this fight there are two excellent strikers that pack dynamite in their gloves. The question then becomes, if these two fighters nullify each others striking skills, who will hold the advantage on the mat. That is where much of the excitement of this fight could end up taking place. In Vitor Belfort we have a black belt in BJJ and Anthony Johnson is a world class wrestler. So will the fight end up in a knock out? Will Vitor be able to submit the young wrestler? Or will Anthony Johnson be able to posture up in Vitor’s guard and employ his ground and pound? Leave your comments below and be sure to tune into UFC 142 this Saturday 1/14/2012.
Jose Aldo will be fighting Chad Mendes for the UFC featherweight title on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at UFC 142. Jose Aldo (20-1) seems to present a unique challenge to his division. Having successfully defended his title twice in the UFC, against game competitors Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick, Jose Aldo may be difficult to find the next big challenge in his weight class. Aldo has already had his share of battles in the WEC with many of the top ranked fighters in the UFCs featherweight division.
Chad Mendes (11-0) brings, the always welcome, nostalgia that only an undefeated fighter can bring. The number two ranked UFC featherweight, Chad Mendes, has lacked a little stopping power, compared to his opponent. In Mendes’ eleven fights seven have gone to decision. This may make some people feel partial to Aldo’s chances but the truth remains there is always a fighters chance.
Fight fans across the world will find out Saturday, January 14, 2012 who will hold the title in the UFCs newest division.