John McCarthy assigned as referee for Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez II at UFC 196

UFC 196 will be headlined by a title fight rematch as Fabricio Werdum defends the heavyweight title against former champion Cain Velasquez and the third person in the cage will be John McCarthy.UFC 196 Poster

Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett recommended McCarthy as the referee during today’s Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, which was approved by the commissioners.

In addition to naming McCarthy as the referee, the commission assigned Sal D’Amoto, Marcos Rosales and Glenn Trowbridge as the judges for the fight.

The current UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez II fight card is below.

Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (13-2)
Johny Hendericks (17-3) vs. Stephen Thompson (11-1)
Roy Nelson (21-12) vs. Jared Rosholt (14-2)
Ovince Saint Preux (18-7) vs. Rafael Cavalcante (12-6, 1NC)
Joseph Benavidez (23-4) vs. Zach Makovsky (19-6)
Josh Burkman (28-12, 1NC) vs. KJ Noons (12-7, 1NC)
Derrick Lewis (13-4, 1NC) vs. Damian Grabowski (20-2)
Mike Pyle (26-11-1) vs. Sean Spencer (12-4)
Misha Cirkunov (10-2) vs. Alex Nicholson (6-1)
Artem Lobov (12-11, 1NC) vs. Alex White (10-2)
Ray Borg (9-1) vs. Justin Scoggins (10-2)
Noad Lahat (9-1) vs. Diego Rivas (6-0)