Saturday, February 5, 2011

Molto Mario

I'm willing to bet most people don't know that one of the more recognizable faces in mixed martial arts spends a lot of his time here in Maryland.

Mario Yamasaki, one of the top and most respected referees in the UFC along with the likes of Herb Dean, runs the Yamasaki Academy in Rockville. My fellow MMA blogger Kevin Richardson from The Baltimore Sun had the opportunity recently to interview Mario for his blog on the Sun's website.

Mario touches on how he got his start working for the UFC, noting that he started before the sport really took off here in America and he played a role in the UFC establishing a presence in Brazil. At the end of the interview Mario shares a new workout technique at his gym that looks to be a sick way to work your abs.

Mario will also be the referee of tonight's Middleweight Championship fight at UFC 126 between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. You want to know more? Well, watch the video. What are you waiting for?

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