LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Mixed martial arts fighter and referee Herb Dean holds the Referee of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Remember the "ref cam" in PRIDE Fighting Championship?
Well, it's back, just in time for UFC on FOX 4: "Shogun vs. Vera," which debuts a referee-mounted camera to broadcast all the action inside the Octagon from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2012.
Fortunately, "Big" John McCarthy won't get any bigger.
That's because a report from Yahoo! Sports indicates the "lens will be placed at the top button of the referee’s shirt" and "the power-source, a long-life lithium ion battery and the transmitter are worn as a light chest vest under the referee’s shirt."
FOX Sports fans should be used to the gimmick.
NASCAR has the "Gopher Cam," while Baseball has the "Catcher Cam" and "Diamond Cam." No word yet on the implementation of the rumored "Urinal Cam," but I have to imagine it would get a lot of laughs on the big screen.
To get a taste of the "Third Man," check out a highlight video of the PRIDE ref cam in action, after the jump.
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