Controversy In Kawajiri Vs. Calvan Fight?! Kawajiri Influencing The Referee?
I don’t like to post about stuff like this since you never know but since it is discussed in Japan the rest of the MMA world should also be aware of it.
Japanese fans have found Tatsuya Kawajiri talking with the referee in his fight against J.Z. Calvan.
At around 1:23 of the video, while they are entangled in the ropes and the referee puts his hand on them (probably for a restart, since that is a normal position to do it) Kawajiri says: “Todomenai de” in Japanese like three times which means “Don’t stop”.
The referee then doesn’t stop and move them to the middle until Kawajiri has mount position.
This might have become a better call since it seems like Kawajiri was on his way to a mount position and it would’ve been difficult to restart them at exactly such a position but people think Kawajiri’s words influenced the referees refereeing.
Also, Kawajiri vs. Masato had at the time of the fight most likely already been decided in case of victory for Kawajiri, and the DREAM people/management like Kawajiri.
Source: Road to DREAM