UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier isn’t a happy camper this week as the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed out judging and referee assignments for his rematch with Jon Jones.
Reported first by MMA Fighting, Herb Dean will once again be the third man inside the octagon for the April 23 main event in Las Vegas, Nevada, having previously overlooked their first encounter at UFC 182 last January.
Jones rallied to a decision win on the night, leaving Cormier disgruntled on how Herb Dean called the contest.
Cormier stated that Dean allowed Jones to prolong grappling exchanges against the fence. Following the news that Dean would be in charge once again, Cormier filed a complaint to the NSAC but it ultimately fell on deaf ears and the referee assignments did not change.
John McCarthy will officiate the co-main event title fight between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo while Sal D’Amato, Junichiro Kamijo and Chris Lee will judge the fights at ringside.
Jones took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Cormier’s tantrum shortly after with his “Excuse of the
Excuse of the weak: it's not that I wasn't man enough to get my back off the cage, Herb Dean allowed him to do it
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 24, 2016
UFC 197 takes place on April 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.