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.