Valentina Shevchenko made her UFC Flyweight debut against Octagon debutant Priscila Cachoeira in devastating fashion but much attention was centred on referee Mario Yamasaki after all was said and done.
Russian prospect Valentina Shevchenko (15-3) moved down to flyweight division to showcase her skills in a brand new division. “Bullet” got the victory in dominant fashion against newcomer Priscilia Cachoeira (8-1).
Shevchenko started brightly with quick combinations in round one which staggered the Brazilian and what followed was an onslaught of punches with over 90 punches and elbows landing on the face of a bloodied Cachoeira.
Referee Mario Yamasaki stood over the action but chose to let the punishment continue into a second round where Cachoeira was on the receiving end of some more unnecessary punishment.
The Brazilian eventually gave up her back and Schevchenko sunk in a rear naked choke in the 4th minute of the second round.
As dominant as a performance the #1 contender showcased, it was referee Yamasaki who came under intense scrutiny especially from UFC President, Dana White.
The tweet continued:
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.
White comes under a lot of criticism but in this instance, he is correct in what he and many others had said about the fight.
Fighter protection is key and in this instance, Yamasaki did not show any protection for the combatants tonight.
There will be sure to be further fall out from this event throughout the coming weeks.