Michael Chiesa Says Ref Should Quit After Controversial Loss to Kevin Lee

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 25:   Michael Chiesa reacts after his submission loss to Kevin Lee in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 25, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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There was controversy during Sunday's UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City, and Michael Chiesa was not pleased with the officiating.

He "should just crawl in a hole" and "never referee again" Chiesa said of official Mario Yamasaki, per Mike Bohn of USA Today.

The comments came after Kevin Lee submitted Chiesa with a rear-naked choke late in the first round, although Chiesa never tapped out or went to sleep, per Lucas Rezende of Bloody Elbow. Yamasaki still stopped the fight, causing Chiesa's outrage, which Fox Sports UFC shared:

UFC fighters Michael Johnson, Chris Camozzi and Aljamain Sterling did not agree with Yamasaki's decision to stop the fight, either:

To be fair to Lee, he was in control throughout the first round and appeared well on his way to victory if things followed suit. While the controversial ending will be remembered, he was the better and more physical fighter before being declared the winner.

"It was coming anyway," Lee said of his victory, per Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting. "I didn't feel the tap. I never do. I just did what Mario told me."

Raimondi explained "this is the latest in a string of controversial endings involving Yamasaki, most of which are late stoppages." Raimondi pointed out UFC president Dana White even "blasted" the official for what he saw as a late stoppage last year.

For his part, Chiesa challenged Lee to a rematch after the loss, so UFC fans may get the opportunity to see this fight again—likely with different officiating.

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