How about this for the most ridiculous news item of the week? Apparently, Brock Lesnar was so upset over ref Steve Mazzagatti stopping his UFC 81 fight for hitting Frank Mir in the back of the head that representatives of his attended a NSAC meeting to request Mazzagatti be removed from consideration as a referee for his UFC 91 bout against Randy Couture.
Citing Mazzagatti’s officiating in Lesnar’s UFC debut against Frank Mir in February, attorneys David Olsen and Brian Stegeman made their aversion to the referee’s presence known at a regularly scheduled NSAC meeting. The attorneys claimed Mazzagatti was “involved in what we believe was a controversial ruling in connection with the Mir-Lesnar fight.” They asked that Mazzagatti be removed from consideration for the UFC 91 main event to avoid “distraction” and “any further controversy.”
Who the hell is going to be distracted?!?! Brock???
Since when do fighters get to pick the referee? Unless Mazzagatti has a personal vendetta against Lesnar, which I’m sure he doesn’t, I fail to see what warrants his removal from consideration. Was the stoppage and resulting point deduction warranted? Maybe, maybe not, but it certainly wasn’t the worst referee decision I’ve ever seen by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s all a moot point now though. Lesnar got what he wanted whether or not his request had anything to do with the decision. Of the four who were under consideration, arguably the worst one will ref will his match—Mario Yamasaki.
So Brock, if Randy happens to find a way to put you on your back and knocks you silly with some Gn’P, don’t worry, the fight won’t be stopped early. You’ll have plenty of time to suffer a little brain damage. Or better yet, if it’s the other way around, Yamasaki will give Randy more than a reasonable amount of time to escape from whatever trouble you may put him in.
Be careful what you wish for…