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Steve Mazzagatti: I Won't Let Dana White Beat Me Down

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UFC President Dana White frequently rips referee Steve Mazzagatti, saying he has no business in the Octagon. Now Mazzagatti has responded, saying he's not going to let White get him down.

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Post #1   12/4/09 10:45:49AM   

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"White is right that Mazzagatti has made some crucial errors as a referee, and White is right to be troubled by those errors. On the other hand, as long as Big John McCarthy -- unquestionably the best referee in MMA history -- is being blackballed from the UFC, I have to question whether White is really committed to getting the best refs in the Octagon that he can."


An interesting point I think that is worhty of quoting.


When Mazagatti gets in the cage bad things are bound to happen in a fight.
That might sound a bit harsh,but damn.
In all fairness though,being a referee I don't think would be an easy job. Sometimes tough calls have to be made and you're gonna catch hell either way.



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I wonder if Mazagatti and Cecil Peoples go bowling together much?

Post #2   12/4/09 10:53:12AM   

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big john is being blackballed by the UFC?? when will people learn DANA HAS NO POWER IN PICKING JUDGES OR REFS, its the athletic commission get off the guys back

Post #3   12/4/09 11:28:42AM   

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Mazzagatti is not the worst ref in the business but he does make some terrible calls. Dan Miragliotta is in my opinion the ref with the most questionable calls but if Dana is so pissed off by these refs why not draft up a set of rules for the refs and have a point system.
Its not that hard to put in place and if the UFC makes a public car to the athletic commission they'll have to hear it.

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Mazzagatti is hardly the worst ref in the bussiness. He's made no more mistakes than any other ref doing it as long as him. I really don't understand why people choose him to pick on instead of all the rest. Rosenthal and Mirgliota are both worse than Mazzagatti and Big John has made plenty of bad calls himself.

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I don't know who the worst ref is. I know that they all make mistakes. Just like in any other sport when the human element is there that means there is always going to be error's. Steve Mazzagatti does the best he can. I am glad he is standing up for himself.

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Dana is more of an agressive fan insted of president or a representive of the mma community
Mario is the best ref i think

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id say the best i have seen are mario/herb and both of them have made many mistakes.

all us local fighters are always joking about not letting maz ref your fight becaus e bad things always happen. We also sometimes joke around that maybe he will screw up and make a bad choice that favors us.

Maz is one the worst big name ref not sure who is worse or not though. His job is hard and i feel for him.

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War Yves Lavigne. He has a couple of questionable calls but i have seen himref some of the best fights i seen. Josh Rosenthal is a pretty damn good too.

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I rather have Mazzagatti over Dan Miragliotta any day. I think Mazzagatti has made some bad calls but I don't think he has done anything near as bad as Miragliotta. But that's just my view.

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I never thought Mazzagatti was that bad. Every ref has a few bad calls, his are usually just more memorable (AJ eyepoke situation). I think Miragliotta is by far the worst ref I've seen. He is consistently bad. I'm always worried something is going to happen when he's in the ring.

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Posted by submissionartist1

Dana is more of an agressive fan insted of president or a representive of the mma community
Mario is the best ref i think



I agree with the first line and I think until recently it has led to a lot of good things for the UFC, and I think I might agree with you on the second point as well. Nice post.

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Posted by king_katool

big john is being blackballed by the UFC?? when will people learn DANA HAS NO POWER IN PICKING JUDGES OR REFS, its the athletic commission get off the guys back



Your being nieve if you think that Dana has no power in getting refs assigned or not.

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Posted by king_katool

big john is being blackballed by the UFC?? when will people learn DANA HAS NO POWER IN PICKING JUDGES OR REFS, its the athletic commission get off the guys back



I'm not implying he does.
I'm not even sure the original writer of the article was.
But their's been a lot of talk about "who" is in the athletic commission.


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Posted by telnights

I rather have Mazzagatti over Dan Miragliotta any day. I think Mazzagatti has made some bad calls but I don't think he has done anything near as bad as Miragliotta. But that's just my view.



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