Oct. 29, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC referee Josh Rosenthal during a lightweight bout in UFC 137 at the Mandalay Bay event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

MMA Referee Josh Rosenthal Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison


Notable mixed martial arts referee Josh Rosenthal has finally learned his fate. After being arrested for a very elaborate marijuana growing operation that was considered one of the largest ever in Oakland a year ago, Rosenthal has been informed that he will be serving 37 months behind bars in federal prison.

There is no chance of parole.

From MMA Fighting:

The office of Senior District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who sentenced Rosenthal on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., confirmed the penalty to MMA Fighting. According to the spokesperson, Rosenthal will also face a three-year supervised release and must pay a $100 special assessment fee.

Rosenthal officiated a number of the most notable fights in the sport, but he will obviously be unable to catch the latest mixed martial arts fights while he is serving his jail sentence.

The biggest fight that Rosenthal has ever officiated was the first meeting between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. In an interesting note, Silva will be defending his title this weekend against undefeated challenger Chris Weidman while Rosenthal is locked up.

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