It was recently announced by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that the referee for Daniel Cormier and Jone Jones' rematch at UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas, would be veteran ref Herb Dean.
Dean was the ref during Cormier and Jones' first outing at UFC 182, which Jones won in a unanimous decision after going the full five rounds with "DC."
Cormier took the NSAC to task for Dean's assignment, officially filing a complaint. He feels that Dean favored Jones too much in their first fight, allowing the then champ, to slow down the pace of the later rounds.
The NSAC refused to replace Dean, even with DC's disagreements.
The former light heavyweight champ, Jones, didn't waste any time to take the current title holder to task. He took to Twitter to trash his rival:
It should be noted that the unanimous decision of their first bout was pretty much one-sided and there were no complaints from the fans or either fighter. Translation: DC didn't have a problem with Dean after their UFC 182 battle.
Jones lost his title after being involved in a hit-and-run altercation in 2015. With his title up for grabs, DC stepped in and snatched it at UFC 187 after submitting Anthony Johnson. His title defense against Alexander Gustafsson in October, solidified DC as a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter.
UFC 197 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 23rd with Dean as Ref and Sal D'Amato, Junichiro Kamijo and Chris Lee at the scorer's table.
Will we see another 5 round, all out war?