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The Five Worst Ref's in MMA?

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The Five Worst Ref's in MMA?

In his article "The Five Worst Referees in MMA Today," Matt Juul, Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, says "Other than fighting in the cage, having the occupation of refereeing a bout may be one of the hardest jobs in mixed martial arts." I have to say I agree with that statement. It's not only difficult, but it's a highly unappreciated job.

He then says: "Like in any other sport, a good referee is almost invisible during a fight, only interjecting themselves when the need arises. However, when a referee is forced into the forefront of a fan's consciousness, it is usually for a negative reason. MMA has had its share of officials who repeatedly botch calls to the chagrin of fighters and fans alike."

Very true - a favorite MMA Referee one week can quickly feel the pain of the fans' sting the next, if it's felt they've mis-called a fight.

So who does Juul list as the five worst referees in MMA today?

1 - Steve Mazzagatti
2 - Dan Miragliotta
3 - Larry Landless
4 - Cecil Peoples
5 - Yves Lavigne

Now - truth be told, we at EMMAR don't necessarily agree with his list, or the order of worse to worst, but that's just us. For example, Mazzagatti was never really that bad, but I personally had major issues with his stoppage in the bout between Ronda Rousey and Sarah D'Alelio (see the video.) I mean - come on now, what was Mazz thinking?

Let's face it - out of all the fights these fellow have ref'd, what we most remember are the ones that have caused controversy, and those fights are usually at the big, televised events. What you don't realize is for every big event they've ref'd, there are 4 more where they've officiated that you haven't seen, and pretty much the fights were normal with no major issues. As humans, though, we tend to dwell on the negative...

What do YOU think? Anyone you want to add TO the list...or take off?


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