If you were wondering about the future of Josh Rosenthal as an MMA referee following his recent guilty plea to federal drug trafficking charges, it's looking pretty bleak. Before we get to his officiating licenses in California and Nevada, MMA Fighting picked up even more details on this massive pot bust in Oakland:
According to the legal documents obtained by MMA Fighting as well as news reports of the bust, Oakland police, including members of the SWAT team, found more than 1,000 marijuana plants in one of the city's largest-ever pot seizures. The warehouse was heavily fortified with reinforced steel doors and surveillance cameras, and four handguns, two assault rifles, two sets of body armor and masks and helmets were also recovered at the scene.
Rosenthal, who hadn't officiated a UFC event since UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis, generally draws MMA assignments in his home state of California and Nevada. As of last year, he let both licenses lapse, meaning you won't be seeing him in an MMA cage or ring for a long time regardless of how long is prison sentence is.
Representatives from both commissions confirmed to MMA Fighting that Rosenthal did not renew his licenses in either state after the end of 2012.
His sentencing date is scheduled for May 17th. In yesterday's article (linked in the opening sentence), MMA Junkie reported that the government recommended just over 3 years in prison plus 5 years probation, but the court will ultimately decide Rosenthal's fate.