UFC referee Steve Mazzagatti apologized to Johnson for his bad call



Scott Smith and Robbie Lawler weren’t the only ones settling “Unfinished Business” on July 26 at EliteXC: Lawler vs. Smith II. Anthony Johnson ran into Steve Mazzagatti Sat night for the first time since Johnson’s controversial TKO loss to Kevin Burns last Saturday night.

FightLine. com was on hand when Johnson approached Mazzagatti at ringside during July 26 event. Mazzagatti and Johnson shook hands and hugged. Mazzagatti apologized to Johnson and noted that it was “a bad call” and Johnson immediately accepted, saying it was all good.

Johnson’s eye was inadvertently gouged by an open hand strike from Burns during their fight last week, which resulted in Steve Mazzagatti calling the fight and awarding a TKO victory to Burns. Johnson underwent surgery on his injured retina earlier this week. Johnson’s agent Ken Pavia has said that he will be formally appealing the loss.

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One thought on “UFC referee Steve Mazzagatti apologized to Johnson for his bad call

  1. bk says:

    good for johnson; that was pretty classy.

    frankly, I don;t have a lot of use for burns; there were multiple occasions where he seemed to gouge his opponent in that fight and that’s not cool

    mazzagatti should receive some kind of discipline, too

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