One of MMA’s best referees (ranked #5 by “Cage Potato”) is headed to jail for 37 months.
Rosenthal was busted in a Federal raid in 2012 and was charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute, as well as possession with intent to distribute, a controlled substance; marijuana.
Rosenthal plead guilty to possession of 1300 marijuana plants (estimated value 6 million dollars) in April of this year and today, felt the stiff hand of the law for doing so. His 3 year sentence was bolstered further by an additional 3 years’ probation and a $100 fine.
His sentencing marks the second time in as many months, where someone associated with the UFC (previously or otherwise) has been sentenced as a result of drug trafficking.
Last month former UFC fighter Paul Kelly received a harsh sentence from British justice, when he was found guilty of heroin trafficking and sentenced to 13 years in jail.
In a week that Dana White has chosen to kick-off by questioning fighter bonuses and whether or not they should be scrapped and the funds dispersed throughout a card and all in a knee-jerk (and childish) response to growing criticism about fighter pay, one has to ask is this a good thing or a bad thing that UFC connected people are going to jail for, what is, an attempt at augmenting their income(s)?
As the old saying goes “ya gotta do, what ya gotta do” and where I do not agree with dealing narcotics as the answer to bolstering inadequate income(s), I do, however, see it for what it is, which is a weathervane. Something is not right with the compensation being paid to those that make the machine run. Regardless of whether or not it’s fighters or referees dealing drugs, Jason Miller having to pay for his own knee surgery (post a bout) or the numerous signed UFC fighters who “must” have a second job in order to make ends meet, something is definitely wrong with the money being doled out by the UFC.
The Fertittas’, White and a “few” fighters are getting fabulously wealthy, yet the supporting cast seems to be going hungry and where the argument in defense of the status quo is…if you win you earn…we all know that there can only be a few winners that benefit from such a criteria. The rest, apparently, must do things other than MMA in order to keep their chins down and hands up in the UFC's Octagon.