California Athletic Commission passes White’s test

December 16, 2013 8:12 am by Brett Auten


After having stormy feelings about the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the aftermath of UFC 167, UFC president Dana White couldn’t have been happier about its California counterpart.

Saturday’s UFC on Fox 9 was held in Sacramento, Cali., and at the end of the night, White spoke to the media about how smooth operation and operation went.

The California State Athletic Commission had three in-cage officials working the fight card. Those referees were Mike Beltran, Herb Dean, and John McCarthy.

“I like how they had McCarthy and Dean going back-to-back on some fights,” White said. “You know who the good referees are. You know who they are. Do it. Put the right guys in there. It makes sense. They’re not working too much. They’re in there moving around, and they’re watching. These are the guys. These are the best guys. John McCarthy has control of that Octagon. Herb Dean has control of that Octagon. Are they perfect? Are they going to make mistakes? Sometimes they are. But it’s hard to argue that they’re the best in there.”


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