Referee, Judges Selected for Nurmagomedov-McGregor Title Fight at UFC 229

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 25, 2018

UFC 229 is now available on Amazon Prime.

Veteran official Herb Dean will be the third man in the cage when Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor square off in the UFC 229 headliner.

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday revealed the referee and judges for the lightweight championship tilt, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6. Dean will earn $1,900 for his work.

Meanwhile, Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato and Junichiro Kamijo will score the contest from cageside. Each judge will be paid $1,600.

Nurmagomedov enters the matchup with a 26-0 professional mark and claimed the vacant lightweight crown with a five-round verdict over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 in April. McGregor will be returning to the Octagon for the first time since November 2016, when he briefly become a simultaneous two-division champion with a second-round stoppage of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. McGregor was eventually stripped of both the 155- and 145-pound belts.

Tension has been building between Nurmagomedov and McGregor since before the “Notorious” one was stripped of his lightweight crown. But interest peaked when McGregor attacked a bus carrying multiple UFC fighters – including Nurmagomedov – and employees at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn ahead of UFC 223. McGregor hurled a dolly through one of the bus windows, seemingly in retaliation for a confrontation between Nurmagomedov and and SBG teammate Artem Lobov earlier in the week.

UFC President Dana White has stated on multiple occasions that he expects Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor to exceed 2 million pay-per-view buys. That would exceed the promotion’s previously estimated record of 1.6 million, set when McGregor faced Nate Diaz in a rematch at UFC 202.

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