Herb Dean and Yves Lavigne To Officiate UFC 175 Title Fights
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.17.2014
The referees are set...
MMA Junkie reports that Herb Dean and Yves Lavigne will referee the two title fights at UFC 175 in Las Vegas. Dean will referee the middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. Lavigne will referee the women's bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis. The two were assigned during the regular meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas.
The NSAC also appointed judges. Chris Lee, Marcos Rosales and Glenn Trowbridge will work the Weidman-Machida fight, while Derek Cleary, Doug Crosby and Sal D'Amato will work the Rousey-Davis fight. UFC 175 happens on July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card airs on PPV after preliminary fights on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Dean previously handled Weidman's fights against Anderson Silva in which he won the middlweight title (UFC 162) and retained it in a rematch (UFC 168). He also was the referee for UFC 173's main event between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao and the UFC Fight Night 40 main event in Cincinnati between Matt Brown and Erick Silva. Dean received praise for that fight from Dana White for giving each fighter time to get out of trouble instead of breaking them up. He previously thought White was too quick to stop the UFC 169 main event between Barao and Dillashaw's teammate Urijah Faber.
Lavigne, meanwhile, previously refereed the UFC 148 title fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, a rematch from UFC 117.