Controversy ensued at UFC Fight Night Belem when Valentina Shevchenko defeating Priscila Cachoeira by second round submission.
The controversy wasn’t in the result of the bout, but rather with how referee Mario Yamasaki handled his officiating duties.
Yamasaki allowed Cachoeira to take quite the beating for the two rounds of the fight, as Shevchenko out landed Cachoeira in strikes by a rate of 230 to 3, per White, and 217 to 1 according to FightMetric. Many within the MMA community have expressed their outrage at Yamasaki’s inability to stop the fight as Cachoeira suffered tons of unnecessary damage.
UFC President Dana White can now be added to the list, as he expressed his outrage through Instagram:
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.
Some people pointed out that the bout was a mismatch before both fighters even appeared in the Octagon and the UFC President addressed that through a comment made on Instagram:
“For the MORONS says it’s her UFC debut……it’s the entire divisions debut. There will be Fights like this until the entire division starts to weed out who belongs and who doesn’t. That’s why u need good officials who stop fights when they need to be stopped!!!!!!”
Cachoeira also suffered a serious knee injury in the fight and is going to be out of action for an unspecified amount of time.