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Morning Report: Kenny Florian says he used to protest Steve Mazzagatti refereeing his fights

Count Kenny Florian as a card-carrying member of the anti-Steve Mazzagatti fan club. Echoing sentiments made by UFC President Dana White on Saturday, Florian took to Twitter to blast the MMA referee’s performance during WSOF 3’s main event, which saw Josh Burkman choke Jon Fitch unconscious then stand over his foe’s fallen body well before Mazzagatti swooped in. Mazzagatti has been a ref for so long yet still doesn’t know the sport & now (NSAC executive director Keith) Kizer is defending him, Florian wrote. Unfortunate. He should be reprimanded. Reality is @danawhite is 100% correct on Mazzagatti. Bad refereeing hurts fighters, fight orgs & can cause irreversible damage to a fighter. As a fighter you can train for almost anything that can happen in a cage EXCEPT FOR bad refereeing & bad judging. For those who don’t know what Mazzagatti fight I’m referring to, it’s Burkman/Fitch fight in WSOF. Burkman both won & reffed the fight. Anyone on my team knew that if Mazzagatti was going to ref one of my fights, we were to protest immediately & request another ref. #Truth Florian went on to extol the virtues Big John McCarthy, Herb Dean and Marc Goddard, three referees who he felt consistently do an amazing job, before deriding Kizer’s assertion that the strength of Burkman’s choke was difficult to see. It was clear as day, Florian said in closing. 1 way to help you see it as a ref tho is understanding what side the choke is on. Mazzagatti = on wrong side. And with that, ladies and gentlemen, let’s jump into some headlines — one of which, if accurate, could potentially spell trouble for the UFC. 6 MUST-READ STORIES UFC Boston. According to a report by Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald, the UFC’s August 17 event at the Boston Garden could be in jeopardy due to government officials refusing the UFC’s request to relax rules barring foreign-born fighters from hitting the octagon without Social Security numbers. According to Department of Public Safety spokesman Terrell Harris, This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Mass­achusetts. … It’s been brought to the attention of the UFC more than a few times since we legalized the fighting here. But they’ve chosen basically to ignore the law and hope that they could skirt it somehow. Pettis considers options. Injured and out of yet another title shot, Anthony Pettis reflected on his current situation: I can’t believe it happened, man. I missed another title shot that slipped out of my fingers. I felt fine, I’m a couple weeks out from the fight, probably the best I’ve ever felt. I felt invincible in training, I was so on point. For this to happen, it’s unfortunate. I couldn’t sleep the last couple days thinking about what was going to happen. The MMA Hour. Ariel Helwani and The MMA Hour return to your life with another star-studded show featuring Randy Couture, Anthony Pettis, Josh Burkman, Muhammed Lawal, Ed Soares, and’s own Dave Meltzer. UFC 161 suspensions. Rashad Evans headlined a list of seven fighters to receive indefinite medical suspensions in the wake of UFC 161. Main card fighters Ryan Jimmo and Pat Barry, and double bonus winner James Krause also received indefinite suspensions. WSOF 3 salaries. Josh Burkman pocketed $32,000 to lead the disclosed payroll at WSOF 3. Former UFC welterweight Jon Fitch earned $30,000 in a losing effort. Swick teases 185. Welterweight veteran Mike Quick Swick posted this tweet in response to a fan question about his UFC return: I wanna come back at a big and healthy 185. No more sickly 170 for me! 😉 MEDIA STEW Remember folks, Bellator kicks back into high gear tomorrow with its 2013 Summer Series. I’m not really sure what’s going on here, but does it really matter? Yay, Russia! If you watch only one Japanese brawl today, make it this one. For those that don’t know, South Korea’s Doo Ho Choi is one of the top-ranked featherweights in Asia, and this, my friends, is a wild fight. (HT: MiddleEasy) So, this is a video of Cat Zingano getting her knee drained by that big syringe, if you’re into this sort of thing. If you expected a Dubai-themed version of MMA Ridez to be lavish and excessive, then yep, you’re right. The latest from EA Sports’ UFC video game: <A href= mce_href=…

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