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Referee and judges set for UFC 216's Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee title headliner

Veteran MMA referee Herb Dean will be the third man in the cage for UFC 216’s main event between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.

During a meeting today in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission tapped Dean to oversee the UFC interim lightweight title bout, which takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Dean, who’s refereed dozens of high-profile UFC headliners, will receive $1,900 for his work.

The NSAC also selected veteran judges Derek Cleary, Junichiro Kamijo and Chris Lee, who will receive $1,500 each, to score the fight.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) gets his second crack at UFC gold after an interim title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) at UFC 209 was ultimately canceled when Nurmagomedov fell ill and couldn’t compete. The two jawed on Twitter about a potential fourth booking, but UFC President Dana White said Nurmagomedov is “not ready,” opening the door for Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC).

The first-time interim title challenger said there’s a simpler explanation Nurmagomedov isn’t fighting Ferguson.

“(Nurmagomedov’s) just being a (expletive) about it,” Lee told MMAjunkie Radio. “Bottom line, he doesn’t want to fight. He wants to hold on to that imaginary zero that he’s got.”

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