NAC Names Referees, Judges for UFC 189 Championship Bouts

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 11, 2015
The showdown between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will be refereed by Herb Dean. | Dave Mandel/

Herb Dean will be the third man in the cage when Jose Aldo defends his featherweight crown against Conor McGregor at UFC 189.

The Nevada Athletic Commission named the referees and judges for the event’s two title bouts during a Thursday meeting. UFC 189 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 11 and also includes a welterweight title tilt between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.

Marcos Rosales, Junichiro Kamijo and Chris Lee will be the cageside judges for Aldo-McGregor. John McCarthy will oversee the Lawler-MacDonald matchup, with Derek Cleary, Adalaide Byrd and Sal D’Amoto scoring the bout.

Aldo, the reigning featherweight king, hasn’t lost since 2005 and is 7-0 in the Octagon. McGregor, who has started his promotional tenure with five straight victories, is arguably the UFC’s fastest rising star. Lawler-MacDonald is a rematch of a UFC 167 showdown, which Lawler won via split decision.


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