Dana White: ‘Steve Mazzagatti shouldn’t even be watching the UFC, let alone reffing it’

UFC President Dana White recently spoke with ProMMAnow.com and other media about his desire to see retired fighters become referees and judges in MMA. He also took the opportunity to give one of his favorite examples of a referee he feels has no business inside the Octagon — that’s right, he went after Mr. “Let’s Hook-em Up” one more time:

Dana White releases frustrations via Twitter

BLAF vs. MAZZ

It’s no secret that Dana White’s disdain for veteran referee Steve Mazzagatti has been anything but hush-hush within the media, but now the brash UFC President has been able to vent his frustrations elsewhere-via the infamous social network, Twitter.

Over the past few months, White has focused most of his attention come fight time inside the cage, rightfully so, but not just on his athletes.

In his most recent escapades, Dana was able to attend the UFC’s sister promotion, the WEC, this past Saturday night. The event was held in White’s backyard of Las Vegas, Nev., at The Palms Hotel Resort and Casino, and featured the promotion’s 45th installment, with “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone headlining opposite the flashy Ed “9mm” Ratcliff.

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HDNet’s “Inside MMA” to delve into controversy

As "El Guapo" always says, "godspeed and party on."

Episode’s panel to shine light on recent contested fights and controversial calls, Friday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (December 4, 2009) Tonight on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice are joined by controversial referee Steve Mazzagatti who responds to UFC President Dana White’s recent remarks on him including, “This [expletive] guy shouldn’t even be watching MMA on TV, let alone refereeing it. I think he’s the worst ref in the history of any fight business.” [We at ProMMA.info talked to Steve about the same thing here.]

WEC Interim Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson discusses his upcoming fight against Jamie Varner to unify the WEC Lightweight belt and undefeated UFC lightweight Efrain Escudero talks about winning The Ultimate Fighter 8 and his next fight against Evan Dunham.

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Dana White discusses Lesnar situation, working with Tito again, and more

Dana White discusses the Brock Lesnar situation, his condition, and refuses to entertain the possibility of an interim title until they find out what is wrong with him. Something other UFC heavyweights may be a bit concerned about is the doctor saying Brock has only been functioning at 60% of his potential for over one … Read more

Steve Mazzagatti- “You need the balls to make the calls.” – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Imagine being in the center of some of the biggest fights in the world. With your decisions, you can influence if a man can feed his family for a year or if he may have to fight again next month just to make rent. You have one of the most important jobs in MMA.

Yet, it is also one of the most under-appreciated. One decision could piss off a whole team. One late stoppage and you could cost someone their life. This is serious business, this referee stuff. And it takes a serious man (or woman) to do the job.

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke in-depth with Steve Mazzagatti on Monday. After reading our conversation with Steve, our hope is that the next time you hear these four words, “Let’s hook em’ up,” you will look at this man just a little differently, maybe with just a bit more respect, a bit more appreciation. If you do, then we have done our job.

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Steve Mazzagatti on the Cyborg fight

PRO MMA exclusive with Steve Mazzagatti as he discusses what happened with Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in her fight with Shayna Baszler when at one point Cyborg thought she had won the fight and jumped up on the top of the cage in victory before the fight was over. Be sure to look at the PRO … Read more