Herb Dean assigned as referee for Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 187

The co-main event of next week’s UFC 187 will be a middleweight title fight as champion Chris Weidman defends the title against Vitor Belfort and Herb Dean will the third man in the cage as he was named the referee on Friday.UFC 187

Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett recommended Dean as the referee during Friday’s Nevada Athletic Commission meeting.

The commissioners unanimously approved Dean as the referee and also approved the judges being Sal D’Amoto, Marcos Rosales, and Junichiro Kamijo.

UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier will come from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on next Saturday night and the current fight card lineup is below.

Main Card: (PPV – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Anthony Johnson (19-4) vs. Daniel Cormier (15-1)
Chris Weidman (12-0) vs. Vitor Belfort (24-10)
Donald Cerrone (27-6, 1NC) vs. John Makdessi (13-3)
Travis Browne (17-2-1) vs. Andrei Arlovski (23-10, 1NC)
Joseph Benavidez (21-4) vs. John Moraga (16-3)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
John Dodson (16-6) vs. Zach Makovsky (19-5)
Dong Hyun Kim (19-3-1, 1NC) vs. Josh Burkman (27-11)
Uriah Hall (10-4) vs. Rafael Natal (19-6-1)
Rose Namajunas (2-2) vs. Nina Ansaroff (6-4)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Mike Pyle (26-10-1) vs. Colby Covington (7-0)
Islam Makhachev (11-0) vs. Leo Kuntz (17-7-1)
Justin Scoggins (9-2) vs. Josh Sampo (11-4)