Referees and judges for UFC on FOX 9: 'Big' John McCarthy tapped for 'Johnson vs. Benavidez 2' headliner

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

UFC on FOX 9 is this weekend (Dec. 14, 2013) and will be headlined by Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez. Now mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are also aware of which referees will be overseeing the action, as well as which judges will ultimately decide the victors.

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has handed out its assignment cards for this weekend's UFC on FOX 9: "Johnson vs. Benavidez" event, which takes place on Dec. 14, 2013 at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena.

The third man inside the Octagon for the Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez flyweight title fight will be none other than longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) referee John McCarthy. In addition, judges Derek Cleary, Mike Bell and Ed Collantes will be in charge of scoring the bout.

All eyes turn to California this weekend for a packed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) card in which the state's Executive Officer Andy Foster will sit Octagon-side. One can only assume he will be watching very closely following his open letter and subsequent interview demanding change to today's MMA scoring system.

Here is the complete list of the evening's assignments:

Main Event:

Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez - Referee: John McCarthy; Judges: Derek Cleary, Mike Bell and Ed Collantes

FOX Main Card (8 p.m. ET):

Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald - Referee: Herb Dean; Judges: Derek Cleary, Mike Bell and Ed Collantes

Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes - Referee: John McCarthy; Judges: Derek Cleary, Mike Bell and Wade Vierra

Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon - Referee: John McCarthy; Judges: Marcos Rosales, Mike Bell and Ed Collantes

FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (5 p.m. ET):

Court McGee vs. Ryan LaFlare - Referee: Herb Dean; Judges: Marcos Rosales, Wade Vierra and Ed Collantes

Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo - Referee: Mike Beltran; Judges: Derek Cleary, Mike Bell and Wade Vierra

Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy - Referee: Herb Dean; Judges: Derek Cleary, Mike Bell and Ed Collantes

Scott Jorgensen vs. Zach Makovsky - Referee: Mike Beltran; Judges: Marcos Rosales, Ed Collantes and Mike Bell

Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling - Referee: John McCarthy; Judges: Derek Cleary, Marcos Rosales and Mike Bell

Facebook "Prelims" (3:30 p.m. ET):

Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout - Referee: Herb Dean; Judges: Derek Cleary, Mike Bell and Wade Vierra

Alptekin Ozkilic vs. Darren Uyenoyama - Referee: Mike Beltran; Judges: Ed Collantes, Marcos Rosales, and Mike Bell

Hopefully we can get through this thing with smooth sailing.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 9 fight card right here on fight night (Dec. 14, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 5 p.m. ET and then main card FOX action, which is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

For more on this weekend's UFC on FOX 9 event click here.

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