The next big event for the UFC is UFC 223 on April 7th when they return to the state of New York for the seventh time.
New York is the newest state to legalize MMA and we’ve gone through some definite growing pains since the first show after legalization in November of 2016. The most notable incidents would be at UFC 208, which also took place in Brooklyn, when Holly Holm took on Germaine de Randamie in the main event for the inaugural women’s featherweight title.
The bout was refereed by Todd Anderson who didn’t deduct any points from de Randamie despite two instances of strikes after the bell. de Randamie would go on to win a unanimous decision that some believe may have been swayed due to the leniency of the fouls.
The second notable incident took place at UFC 210 in Buffalo when Chris Weidman fought Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi earned a TKO victory over Weidman after controversy concerning whether Mousasi was kneeing a downed opponent or not. Weidman was unable to continue and therefore ended up losing the bout.
Now with one of the biggest matchups the UFC can make right now set to headline the next New York card, we have our referees and judges assigned according to Newsday.
The referees will be: Dan Miragliotta, Todd Anderson, Keith Peterson and Rob Hinds.
The judges: Sal D’Amato, David Bruce, Glenn Trowbridge, David Tirelli, Christopher Lee and Derek Cleary.
D’Amato and Cleary were also judges for UFC 208. To see judges histories, you can visit MMADecisions.com
UFC 223 will play host to not one but two title fights accompanied by a plethora of stellar matchups. Check them out below:
(C) – Lightweight – 155lbs: (IC)Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Strawweight – 115lbs: (C)Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Featherweight – 145lbs: Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar
Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Flyweight – 125lbs: Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Light Heavyweight – 205lbs: Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez
Lightweight: Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Flyweight: Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Featherweight: Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak
Will we get any controversies at UFC 223 or will it be smooth sailing with the officiating?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/14/2018.