Fernando Yamasaki just halted the Shane Roller fight due to a "verbal tap" to an un-extended arm bar in the first controversial stoppage of the night.
Earlier, Joe Rogan asked if Fernando was the brother of well-known UFC ref Mario Yamasaki.
"He even sounds like him," Rogan exclaimed after Fernando started the fight.
The answer is yes, Fernando is Mario's lesser known brother, and that's just the beginning of the famed Yamasaki clan.
Mario has quite the accomplished family:
Yamasaki lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with his wife and children, where he co-owns and operates a chain of Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools. Yamasaki comes from a martial arts family. Both his father Shigueru Yamasaki and uncle Shigueto Yamasaki are high ranking judoka in Brazil. His brother Fernando Yamasaki holds black belt ranks in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo. His cousin Shigueto Yamasaki, Jr. is also a judoka who represented Brazil at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Here's a good history of the Yamasaki family:
The Yamasaki family has been teaching martial arts in Brazil for two generations. With family lineage deeply rooted in the land of the Samurais, the Yamasaki Family style mixes BJJ, with Judo and Japanese Ju Jitsu. Their unique style and approach to the martial arts produced many champions in their long family history.
In 1994, Fernando’s brother, Mario Yamasaki, founded the Yamasaki Academy in the United States and its success has made it one of the premier Martial Arts training centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Fernando came to the US in 2003 to further the success of the Yamasaki Academy.