Veteran mixed martial arts (MMA) referee Steve Mazzagatti has been asked to step up and officiate the UFC 143 main event fight between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit, set to go down on Feb. 4, 2012, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joining him will be the oft-maligned Cecil Peoples, who will assume the position of judge alongside Patricia Morse-Jarman and Junichiro Kamijo.
Sherdog compiled some recent stats:
Mazzagatti has refereed more than 250 fights in the UFC, Strikeforce, WEC and EliteXC, according to FightMetric.com. Most recently, he oversaw the Robbie Lawler-Adlan Amagov and Tarec Saffiedine-Tyler Stinson bouts at Strikeforce "Rockhold vs. Jardine" on Jan. 7.
Peoples, who judged 19 events in 2011, last worked the Strikeforce "Melendez vs. Masvidal" card on Dec. 17, producing a 50-45 scorecard in favor of Melendez in the main event as well as a 29-28 card for K.J. Noons over Billy Evangelista in a lightweight affair.
Anyone rolling their eyes at the addition of MMA's dynamic duo? Or is all well that ends well?
More on the UFC 143: "Diaz vs. Condit" pay-per-view (PPV) event here.