Some familiar faces will be working the Octagon for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next pay-per-view event.
The Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday assigned referees and judges for the two title bouts booked for UFC 209. The event takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 4. Tyron Woodley will face Stephen Thompson in a welterweight title rematch in the main event, while Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will square off for the interim lightweight crown in the evening’s co-headliner.
Veteran official John McCarthy will be the third man in the cage for Woodley-Thompson 2, while Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato and Chris Lee will score the fight from cageside. Woodley and Thompson battled to a majority draw in their first meeting at UFC 205 in New York City on Nov. 12. Cleary was also a judge for that contest and submitted a final 47-47 scorecard after five founds.
Meanwhile, Herb Dean will referee the clash between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson, while Junichiro Kamijo, Marcos Rosales and Jeff Mullen will serve as judges for the 155-pound bout.