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Top 10 Ranked MMA Referees in World 2024

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Mixed Martial Arts are worldwide popular and it is followed by many fans. There are numerous bots in MMA which led to shock the world for its feireceness. The MMA Fighters are also considered as the Warriors. To oversee those kinds of Fights in MMA is itself the toughest task in Mixed Martial Arts.

Few of the referees in MMA make their name as MMA Referees and oversaw numerous bouts in their careers. For the high-level profile bouts the professional MMA Referee who is level higher used to officiate the bouts. Here we have the list of top 10 Mixed Martial Arts Referees in MMA, so make sure you stay tuned with us to catch complete details.

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Top 10 Ranked MMA Referees in World 2024

10Kevin Macdonald
9Mike Beltran
8Dan Mirgliotta
7Jason Herzog
6Mario Yamasaki
5Leon Roberts
4Mark Smit
3Marc Goddard
2Herb Dean
1Big John McCarthy

10. Kevin Macdonald

Kevin is one of the top 10 MMA Referees. He officiated many popular bouts in various states. Kevin Macdonald officiated over 700 professional MMA bouts so far. He was the main referee for the high-profile bouts of UFC COmpetitions. Macdonald was very committed to Mixed Martial Artis, he oversaw fights from preparations to post-preparation.

Notable FightUFC 297- Strickland vs Du Plessis
KO/ TKO111

9. Mike Beltran

The professional Mixed Martial Arts referee Mike Beltran was buz of the town for his mustache. Mike was a professional cage fighter, he used to fight in Hawaii way back long in the ’90s. He officiated many high-profile bouts in big competitions like Japan’s Gladiator Fighting Championship and Bellator in the USA.

Notable FightUFC 238- Jone Jones vs Alexander Gustafasson
KO/ TKO177

8. Dan Mirgliotta

Dan Mirgliotta is a Black belt in Shito Ryu Karate and a 5th Dan Black Belt in Kenpo karate. His professional Mixed Martial Arts experience helps him to become a great referee. He is also known as an actor, Dan played a few Popular roles in the television and the Film Industry. He has overseen Hudnred of the Professional UFC Fight.

Notable FightUFC 286- Colby Covington vs Kamaru Usman
KO/ TKO315

7. Jason Herzog

Jason Herzog has officiated around 845 professional MMA fighters. He started his Referee career way back in 2008. Since then he is officiating MMA Fights. A few of the past high-profile bouts were officiated by Jason Herzog. He is officiating matches in UFC and Bellator professional MMA Competitions.

Notable FightUFC 289- Nunes vs Aldana
KO/ TKO288

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6. Mario Yamasaki

The founder and chief instructor of International Yamasaki Academy is Mario Yamasaki. He is a veteran Referee who oversaw more than hundreds of bouts in professional Mixed Martial Arts competitions. He is 4th Degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo Black Belt. In his career as a professional Referee Yamasaki was talked about in many controversies.

Founder and Chief InstructorInternational Yamasaki Acadmey
Notable FightEric Silva vs Carlo Prater
KO/ TKO156

5. Leon Roberts

Leon Roberts has been officiating MMA Fights for more than a decade. He is one of the most intelligent and his attention towards every detail fight makes him popular amongst referees. Robert is one of the most respected members and Referees who has seen various high-profile UFC Bouts. Leon Roberts oversay more than a thousand professional UFC Fights.

Notable FightDanny Henry vs Makwan Amirkhani

4. Mark Smith

Before starting his career as an MMA Professional Referee he was in Air Force as Lt Col. Mark Smith was the F-16 fighter pilot. The retired pilot is officiating many bouts in MMA also he officiated high profile bouts as well. Mark Smith has a great record for officiating professional UFC Fights.

Notable FightUFC 296- Edwards vs Covington
KO/ TKO219

3. Marc Goddard

Marc Goddard was one of the fierce Mixed Martial Artist. In his training period, he trains with fighters like John Kavanagh, Bas Rutten, and many more. Later on, Marc Goddard turned into a Professional MMA Referee after he faced severe injury. He is the only UK professional MMA fighter, Marc was honored with many prestigious awards in MMA.

Notable FightUFC 292- Aljamin Sterling vs Sean O’Malley
KO/ TKO322

2. Herb Dean

Herb Dean is amongst the most popular Mixed Martial Artist Referee. Before that, he used to be a professional Mixed Martial artist and was well-known in MMA. He oversaw many unforgettable UFC Fights. Khabib Nurmangomedob vs Conor McGregor was one of the most entertaining bouts overseen by the Herb Dean.

World MMA AwardsReferee of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2023)
Notable FightKhabib Nurgamoedov vs Conor McGregor
KO/ TKO660

1. Big John McCarthy

John McCarthy was honored with a Referee of the Year award Three consecutive times at the World MMA Awards. He won those awards in the year 2015, 2016, and 2017.McCarthy also played cameo roles in a few popular Television shows. In the year 2018, he was retired from the referee and moved from Commentator to Bellator.

World MMA AwardsReferee of the Year (2015, 2016, and 2017)
Notable Fight Royce Gracie vs Kimo Leopoldo
KO/ TKO340
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