UFC president Dana White has voiced his desire for Herb Dean, a man whom he’s described as the best referee in the business, to oversee the landmark heavyweight title fight that the promotion is offering for their debut on Fox, but it looks like he may not get his wish.
California State Athletic Commission executive director George Dodd spoke with MMAJunkie.com recently and revealed that it appears overwhelmingly likely that veteran mixed martial arts referee Big John McCarthy will be the third man in the cage for the championship match.
“The UFC has been informed that there is a 99 percent chance that John McCarthy will be in the cage for the main event,” said Dodd.
Though the UFC and BJM have been at odds before, McCarthy is one of the most accomplished and highly respected referees in the sport, having been around since the UFC’s nascent stages. Dodd expressed confidence in not only McCarthy, but any of the refs licensed in California to be able to oversee the high-stakes fight accurately.
“We feel confident that any of the officials that have been assigned to the event will do a great job for the state of California,” he said.
The UFC will be pitting heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez against Junior dos Santos for their big foray onto network TV, with the event itself taking place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.