Fans of mixed martial arts were left in disbelief and split reactions as the most-hated referee in the sport, Mario Yamasaki, made a surprise return at the recent PFL Championship.
Yamasaki, who had been criticized for his controversial officiating in the past, had been absent from the MMA scene for quite some time. His return at the PFL Championship came as a shock to many, and fans were quick to voice their opinions on social media.
“I can’t believe Mario Yamasaki is back,” one fan tweeted. “He’s the worst referee in the history of MMA.”
Others, however, were more lighthearted about Yamasaki’s return, with some fans reminiscing about his past infamous moments in the octagon.
“Ah, good ol’ Mario Yamasaki,” another fan wrote. “I can’t wait to see him stop another fight five seconds too late.”
The polarizing figure of Yamasaki has always divided the MMA community. While some fans argue that his past mistakes should not define his future as a referee, others believe that his return is a step back for the sport.
The PFL Championship itself had its fair share of drama, with several controversial moments that only added fuel to the fire of Yamasaki’s return.
Despite the mixed reactions from fans, Yamasaki’s return to officiating has certainly sparked a discussion within the MMA community. Whether his return signals a new era of officiating or simply reignites past controversies remains to be seen.
As the dust settles from the PFL Championship, one thing is for certain – the return of Mario Yamasaki has left fans in splits, with the future of his role in the sport uncertain.