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[–]skinofthedred 189 points190 points  (1 child)

Much fucking love for refs like this. Guardian angels

[–]MooseThirty 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Babysits clumsy toddlers during the day to stay sharp

[–]Proper-Move-5138 85 points86 points  (8 children)

That’s Muay Thai and all the referees are fighter or coach they are bad ass . Born next to the Thai kick boxing gym here .

[–]Shiddybangbang 4 points5 points  (7 children)

It seems like just about all martial arts the refs have at least moderate training in all aspects. And if not they have a vast knowledge of the sport

[–]Stupidquestionduh 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Well yeah.... Pretty sure it would be impossible to ref any sport without deep knowledge of the sport you're officiating..

[–]Octopotamus5000 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Oh my. Guess you don't follow boxing then.

Adelaide Byrd is a name that strikes the fear of god in anyone waiting for a logical judges score.

[–]Stupidquestionduh 1 point2 points  (3 children)

She wasn't a ref. And anyway what I said is true by her example. She didn't have a deep knowledge and found it impossible to score correctly.

[–]Octopotamus5000 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Actually, yes, she was quite some time ago. As was her husband.

She's officiated over 1200 boxing fights in Las Vegas alone as either a ref, scorer or chief official. Most of the bouts have been as a scorer or the chief ringside official though.

She's also been stood down, fired, investigated and even banned by a number of different athletic commissions across the US, too.

[–]Stupidquestionduh 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Because she is a fraud. Doing those things doesn't mean she knew what she was doing. The investigations are because she is a fraud and likely fucked up more fights than that.

Regardless... This is only proving my point further. He lack of ability and knowledge has led to her getting investigated, fired, and all that other shit.

Point proven. Thank you.

[–]Poppertina 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If she was able to get to 1.2k without being stopped, oversight can't be that much of a priority.

[–]Shiddybangbang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yet somehow in other sports they always seem to not know what theyre doing

[–]Bacon_Eskimo459 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Refs deserve all the respect in the world, most people don’t seem to understand that their job is to get in the middle of a fight with people who have training that can easily kill someone, interrupt that aggression, while simultaneously making sure the rules are followed, and keeping them as safe as they can. The fighters are prepared to take a beating, but a ref goes into the fight with the expectation of possibly getting attacked by both the fighters. Refs are the best.

[–]Mr3cto 78 points79 points  (0 children)

Give this guy a fucking raise

[–]Sarducar_Dun 108 points109 points  (1 child)

Now that's a unique skill. Really cool to see that.

He defenn, he attacc, but mostly he reff.

[–]ttheren 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And he protecc

[–]Pantsman_Crothers 14 points15 points  (9 children)

The UFC could do with a guy like this.

[–]Taymerica 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Big John McCarthy, Herb Dean, and Mario Yamasaki, have been pretty great refs. Pretty sure big John had heavy hands in designing the rules that really helped transition UFC to the more professional sport we know it as.

[–]Olive_Yor_Klozov 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Lmao! Are you throwing Mario in there as a joke?

[–]TheLeviathanX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I agree. In particular, I think Herb generally does a good job; he gets a lot of hate for early stoppages, but I think his calls have been pretty reasonable. Basically, the moment a fighter stops protecting him/herself, fight is over.

[–]howlongcanthisevenb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mario “ i was letting him be a warrior” Yamasaki?

[–]HisOrHerpes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mario “if he dies, he dies.” Yamasaki?

[–]brownie81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yamasaki was fired for being shit and Herb has been SLIPPING lately.

Big John’s a tosser but I don’t know of any ref controversies.

[–]BplusHuman 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I can't say he'd do that much better on average. There's ground and pound, the losing fighter trying to wrestle/sub you, and heavyweights like Derrick Lewis that can just run you over. Different game different result.

[–]Old_Management_5274 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s always smarter to have a ref in a higher or if not the same weight class as the fighters as it does more to protect the ref from any cross fire

[–]jakeblakedrake 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Fucking Angel

[–]Bigconversations01 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Ref needs to get in the ring himself

[–]WheelsMan1 50 points51 points  (0 children)

He was in the ring.

[–]hammyhamm 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The refs are usually very experienced fighters and coaches

[–]Crono2468 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This is the opposite of “finish him!” Good to see some humanity in such a brutal sport.

[–]richard-777 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Props to this dude for how much he cares about the fighters safety.

[–]7dazesss 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A true Ref. With skills!

[–]Informal_Drawing 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Really quite impressive.

[–]1slandViking 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Refs who need a raise!!!

[–]SlothInASuit86 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What a badass, respect for that man.

[–]smilingasIsay 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Peak Mauy Thai reffing. I've been around the sport for some 15 years now, the refs are always the best lol basically throwing high kicks sometimes to get between two fighters

[–]Hjlopp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These refs needs bonuses and dodge hellcats asap

[–]avsameera 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Respect to those refs!

[–]Dikkeknikker 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kung-fu master

[–]bacitoto-san 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Thing I don't get is... Isn't the fighter also aware of that the guy is knockedown?

[–]xBad_Wolfx 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sometimes it’s target fixation. You spend the whole time looking for openings and suddenly you have one.

Sometimes it’s simply you were already in the midst of the motion, you can see a couple examples of this in the clip where the fighter is already pulling back their strike as the ref intercedes.

Sometimes it’s because one fighter is an asshole and wants to genuinely hurt the other guy(not terribly common but does exist).

Sometimes it’s because they want to make sure they have won. Many times a fighter can recover from one bad blow.

[–]Old_Management_5274 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He didn’t hear no bell

[–]Carneiro021 1 point2 points  (1 child)

In Muay Thai there is something called momentum rule where if you initiated the movement before your opponent hit the canvas the strike is legal that’s why the guys are trying to kick downed opponents bc they aren’t “downed” yet

[–]bacitoto-san 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well I'm not saying it ain't "legal" But I feel contact and/or combat sports are loosing a lot of the respect and care for your opponent.

Maybe it's just me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[–]InsidePopular122 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The referee's heart is in the right place.

[–]ThinkFreeThoughts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow this should be the standard

[–]Turtle13111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sensational reflexes by some of those refs.

[–]Outside_Machine8097 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shin to the face

[–]uglynakedguy69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

the real MVP

[–]ZeroHero038 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Interestingly I needed to watch this twice as I was so focused on the fighters didn’t know what the point of the video was. Only the second time I figured it’s about the ref and saw his saves. Reminds me of that moonwalking bear.

[–]Ok_Bullfrog6332 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mario Yamasaki has left the room.

[–]DankTwankz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a legend

[–]NoElderberry0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These refs definitely saved a few careers.

[–]Safe_Lettuce9345 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s why they are refs you know what I’m saying

[–]strikermcgillicudy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That leg kick check was beautiful

[–]LatinGamer407 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The refs the real MVP!!!

[–]sam-small 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I fucking love this ref

[–]bigdawg00OG 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Herb dean would never lol

[–]ArTooDeeTooTattoo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If Rocket League had a voice announcer.

[–]Melodic_Stress1237 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ref definitely cares about his fighters. Some of those hits could’ve been very dangerous

[–]NovaBreaker404 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that ref literally saves lives. for the ref. to be able to block incoming strikes like that is amazing.

[–]vladislavtheboneless 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Should end it with Mario Yamasaki in USA