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Judges, referee selected for inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title fight

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Roxanne Modafferi is one of eight women who may vie for the UFC flyweight title on Dec. 1.
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One of the game’s most veteran referees will preside over another slice of history on Dec. 1, as “Big” John McCarthy has been chosen to oversee the UFC’s inaugural women’s flyweight title fight at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Wednesday unanimously selected McCarthy to referee the championship bout.

The NAC also appointed veteran judges Derek Cleary, Jeff Mullin, and Junichiro Kamijo to oversee the contest. All three judges are regularly used for Las Vegas fights.

TUF 26 Finale takes place at the Park Theater in Las Vegas. The event’s main card is slated to air live on FOX Sports 1.

The night’s main event will feature the finals of TUF 26’s flyweight tournament, with the first ever UFC women’s flyweight belt on the line.

The eight fighters currently still active in the TUF 26 tournament are top seed Roxanne Modafferi, former Invicta FC champion Barb Honchak, DeAnna Bennett, Montana Stewart, Emily Whitmire, Rachael Ostovich, Sijara Eubanks, and Nicco Montano.

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