Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch at UFC 232 draws Herb Dean as referee

December 11, 2018

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Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch at UFC 232 draws Herb Dean as referee



Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will get a fresh set of eyes for their pivotal rematch at UFC 232.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday voted unanimously to appoint Herb Dean as the referee for the light heavyweight title fight, which headlines the pay-per-view event Dec. 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Dean will receive $1,900 for the job. The commission also appointed veteran judges Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato and Junichiro Kamijo, who will receive $1,200 each for their work.

Jones (21-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) and Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) first met back in 2013 at UFC 165, where they went the distance in a thrilling battle. Ex-UFC champ Jones dug deep and emerged with a unanimous decision via scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46. Veteran referee John McCarthy, now a commentator for Bellator, oversaw the bout.

Jones famously objected to McCarthy overseeing a scheduled bout with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, saying he’d prefer anyone else. Dean has refereed seven of Jones’ previous UFC bouts to Gustafsson’s one.

Jones and Gustafsson are expected to fight for the UFC light heavyweight title, which will become vacant when they clash in Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White elected to strip current champ Daniel Cormier as he prepares to defend his heavyweight title, expected to happen in early 2019.

The title fight is Jones’ first since serving a 15-month suspension for his second-anti-doping violation, which stems from a failed steroid test following his knockout win over Cormier at UFC 214. The victory was later overturned to a no-contest.

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