It looks like somebody on the California State Athletic Commission is determined to make Dana White pull his hair out (as if that were possible). the CSAC announced today that Larry Landless will be overseeing at least some of the bouts on the UFC on FOX 1 card:
California State Athletic Commission Executive Director George Dodd today informed MMAjunkie.com that ‘Big’ John McCarthy, Herb Dean and Larry Landless will oversee the action for UFC on FOX 1, which takes place Nov. 12 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Specific fight assignments haven’t been decided, Dodd said, which means that the job for the all-important heavyweight title fight between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos remains up for grabs.
UFC president Dana White has already been vocal about whom he’d like to see oversee the fight, which is the only bout confirmed to air on FOX. After a long diatribe on the refereeing controversy of the recent boxing mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, he hoped that Dean would be the third man in the cage.
“I think Herb Dean’s the best referee in the business,” White said. “Now I won’t get Herb Dean because I said that.”
Larry Landless, of course, is the referee who famously asked Phil Baroni “Do you want to continue?” before stopping his UFC 45 fight with Evan Tanner. Baroni thought that Landless was pulling the classic “Big” John McCarthy move of saying “DO YOU WANT OUT?!?1?!1!” and said “No!” Landless jumped in to stop the fight only to have Baroni start punching him.
One can forgive Baroni for this breakdown in communication because it’s not exactly easy to parse complex grammatical structures when you’re in the process of having your face elbowed off. When a mixed martial artist is in the middle of being severely clobbered, “If you want to stay in this fight, left arm red, right leg blue, what’s 16×12, and analyze the use of metaphor in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment ” is not exactly a fair request.
Because of that mishap, Landless has not overseen a UFC fight in over eight years. Fast forward to the present day, however, and it looks like Landless has a shocking above zero possibility of reffing what could end up being the biggest fight in UFC history. Even though Landless apologized to Baroni for the incident, this is not one of those events where it’s a good idea to take chances with refs who have gotten fired for sucking (even though Big John and Herb Dean have had their moments as well). something is really starting to get stinky around here, and it’s not just because I keep eating Chipotle against my better judgment.