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The Danavlog Where He Calls Steve Mazzagatti “The Worst Referee In The History of Fighting”

It’s the week of UFC 106, but coming off a trip across the pond for last weekend’s show, Dana White doesn’t feel like he has enough material for a new video blog.  Fortunately for him, his personal videographer never uploaded the fight night footage from UFC 104 in Los Angeles, so why not just put that on the internet and call it good?  Things are going smoothly at first.  DW presses the flesh with some celebrities, talks to some fighters in the locker rooms, passes by ace interviewer and hopelessly unfashionable friend of the Potato Ariel Helwani (is that a flannel shirt? is it 1994?) at the 5:15 mark.  But when he watches refereee Steve Mazzagatti’s oddly-timed stoppage in the Cain Velasquez-Ben Rothwell fight, that’s when White loses his cool just a bit.

"Mazzagatti will fuck up any fight," White says directly into the camera.  "The worst referee in the history of fighting.  Period.  I don’t care if there was a fight back in the old days, okay, the Stone Age.  Mazzagatti is the worst referee ever.  The guy has no business watching mixed martial arts, let alone refereeing it."

White then visited both Velasquez and Rothwell to make sure they both knew what a terrible referee Mazzagatti was, and after that he presumably called Mazzagatti’s children to let them know that their father is a failure.  That part must have been edited out.

This isn’t the first time that White has criticized Mazzagatti’s refereeing skills, or even the first time he called for Mazzagatti to be banned from even watching MMA.  Though, to the best of my knowledge, it is the first time he compared him to the notoriously unpredictable and slow-to-react judges of the Stone Age and still arrived at the conclusion that Mazzagatti is the worst.  Not that he doesn’t have a point.  The guy has repeatedly made bad decisions in the cage, and when you discount refs who have only worked one or two shows (looking at you, "Regional" Donnie Jessup), Mazzagatti is the one UFC regular who’s been roundly voted ‘Most Likely to Screw Up Big Time.’

The sad irony here is that, as powerfully and publicly as Dana White has hated on Mazzagatti, he still lets "Big" John McCarthy sit on the shelf.  At some point you’d think it’d be worth it to put the beef behind them and get one of the best refs in the business back to work.  I mean, politics aside, McCarthy smokes those Stone Age guys, and he’s better than half the dudes in the Old Testament, too.  And Hammurabi?  Child, please.

- Brock Lesnar Is Not A Steve Mazzagatti Fan
- Mazzagatti to Anthony Johnson: ‘Oops, My Bad’

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LBo- November 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm
LBo- November 18, 2009 at 4:49 pm
Oh good, Dana White agrees with my assessment that Ben Rothwell's face was about to start hitting back.

also: @Art

Do NOT read MMAJunkie. Ever. If rogue hyphenation bothers you in the smart, unilaterally dap-worthy writing of CP, the sort of red crayon illiterate bullshit that gets posted on MMAJunkie could very well make your head explode. Lyoto Machida should be giving those writers tips on English, with Matt Hamill proofreading out loud.
John Kimble- November 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm
I seem to recall reading an article, i think on junkie, that the real reason Big John isn't a ref in the UFC right now is because he's unlicensed in Nevada, where the majority of events are held. His application is pending at the moment, but they don't need any more refs.
Danzig777- November 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm
lol @ Mazzagatti
Art Gibs- November 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm
portland mma:

Cage Potato does a great job at what they do, and I'm only trying to help. I hope I made that clear. Any time you make suggestions about someone's writing it can be taken in the wrong way. I trust the Bens took my suggestion in the spirit in which I gave it, because I can tell they care about writing well.
LastEmperor- November 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm
Well Dana, if you weren't being a baby to the BEST ref in MMA history maybe you wouldn't have to complain...
RPS13- November 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm
mazzagatti and mirgleotta are equally shitty. and no, i'm not going to waste my time looking up the correct way to spell his name
portland mma- November 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm
There is some of the fucking weirdest comments I've ever seen on this page. Art you truly are grammatic-warrior, its amazing how your pretentious (notice I didn't say intelligent) nature can shine through so easily on an MMA website. I just might pee in your hair when you're asleep or crown you the Prince of d-baggery, I haven't yet decided.
FlyingGoGos- November 18, 2009 at 11:30 am
fertita's suits are FUCKING nice.
Such a well dressed dude, props.
Clyde- November 18, 2009 at 11:22 am
Wow, that code of Hammurbi features the phrase "shall be put to death" 24 times. 13 within the first 20 rules. Executions are not the answer to all lifes problems people.

While Yves lavine may have made some screw ups, I think he's still well behind Mazagatti in the league table of referee fuck ups. Can they not fire the man? He just seems to keep coming back no matter now may people criticise his performance.
Da Spied Her- November 18, 2009 at 10:46 am
And sorry, Dana, but your month was up a long time ago. The WWE will not take Brock back:

The Code of Hammurabi:

278: If any one buy a male or female slave, and before a month has elapsed the benu-disease be developed, he shall return the slave to the seller, and receive the money which he had paid.
Da Spied Her- November 18, 2009 at 10:45 am
Dang, I knew Cecil Peoples was old, but didn't realize he was alive back in Babylonian times:

The Code of Hammurabi:

5: If a judge try a case, reach a decision, and present his judgment in writing; if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve times the fine set by him in the case, and he shall be publicly removed from the judge's bench, and never again shall he sit there to render judgement.
knee_strike- November 18, 2009 at 10:08 am
@Art Gibs

"The writing at all the other MMA sites doesn't even come close to the writing here."

Absolutely. I don't often agree with the Bens, but their writing is always good. They're the reason I frequent this site.

"Now let the insults fly (toward me)."

Quite the contrary. I'm glad to know I'm not the only grammarian who posts here. Keep up the fine work.

Anyway, I realize the actual topic of this thread is Mr. White's latest video blog. However, I'm not going to spend ten minutes watching P. T. Barnum, Jr. curse and complain. Dana needs to work off some of that aggression on the treadmill.
Lunk- November 18, 2009 at 10:01 am
Art Gibs- November 18, 2009 at 9:44 am
Maybe it should've been written with a slash, as in adverb/adjective modifier. That might be better. I thank you for your kind and generous (notice I don't say intelligent) response, LUNK.
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- November 18, 2009 at 9:38 am
Yves Lavigne is worse. See the Pete Sell-Matt Brown fight for evidence.
Lunk- November 18, 2009 at 9:26 am
... or should I say WHO GIVES-A FUCK?
Lunk- November 18, 2009 at 9:26 am
You say the "oddly-timed stoppage" hyphen is unnecessary, and yet you call it an "adverb-adjective modifier", a reference which, itself, has a hyphen.
How can you live with your own hypocrasy?
Unless, of course, there is such a thing as an "adverb modifier", in which case WHO GIVES A FUCK?
Sabado Gigante- November 18, 2009 at 9:20 am
Avril's Dad!
Art Gibs- November 18, 2009 at 9:14 am
I know I'm going to get a lot of shit for this, but the only reason I'm writing this is because usually the guys at Cage Potato are on top of their grammar. The writing at all the other MMA sites doesn't even come close to the writing here. Now I'll get to the point. You wrote, "oddly-timed stoppage," in this post. Your hyphenation is usually spot on, but this time you've added an unnecessary hyphen. "Oddly timed stoppage" is an example of an adverb-adjective modifier that shouldn't have a hyphen. This is because there's no question about what oddly is modifying; it must be modifying timed because there's no such thing as an "oddly stoppage."

I would never say anything if you simply left out a hyphen. But since you affirmatively chose to use one, you're probably interested in this sort of nerdy thing.

Now let the insults fly (toward me).
StYoung- November 18, 2009 at 9:14 am
Damn. The Code of Hammurabi ain't no joke. That's 282 rules of OG Babylonian justice, son.

"Should one man bare official witness to a match of prowess between two shorn-headed men rolling around like sodomites and make a ruling deemed unsatisfactory by the public, he shall be put to death."

The sentiment is a bit out-dated, but Mazzagatti, you got it easy, my man.

G Funk- November 18, 2009 at 9:11 am
Dojima, good point!

Smackdaddiest, yeah, that fucker too!
Smackdaddiest1- November 18, 2009 at 9:01 am

Why bring Bisping into all of this?

Yeah Mazz sucks
Dojima- November 18, 2009 at 8:58 am
If DW hates the Mazz so much, why the hell is he
in their video game?!
jwalker- November 18, 2009 at 8:46 am
I've got nothing to say about the vlog, as it's not really news worthy, but I believe it is Helwani who needs to give you guys some fasion tips. What's old is new again eggs!