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Josh Rosenthal Cops Plea for Role in Six Million Dollar Marijuana Bust (!!), Currently Awaiting Sentencing


(“If you shortchange me again, Nick, I swear to God that retirement will no longer be an option for you.” Photo courtesy of Getty Images.) 

Despite his longtime standing as one of the best referees in MMA, veteran official Josh Rosenthal has been noticeably absent from the octagon as of late. While he informed BloodyElbow earlier this month that his absence was the result of a staph infection, it turns out that his troubles were less physical — unless he has the worst case of glaucoma this world has ever seen — and more legal. According to the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Oakland, California, Rosenthal recently plead guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana after a warehouse he owned containing 1,356 plants — valued at a street value of six million dollars — was raided last year. Rosenthal now faces a pretty lengthy jail sentence (via MMAJunkie):

Rosenthal is due in U.S. District Court on May 17. The government is recommending 37 months in jail, fines and five years of probation, during which he would be subject to random searches, according to the agreement. Without a deal, he faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years’ probation. 

Rosenthal, who agreed to a plea deal in January, did not respond to request for comment. His lawyer of record, Ted W. Cassman, was unavailable for comment. 

Three years just for weed?! Damn!

This of course begs one to ask: Why in the holy Hell was Rosenthal wasting his time separating sweaty dudes in a cage for peanuts when he was sitting on a goddamn gold mine? I know for a fact I’ve been told by experts in the field that harvest season isn’t for a couple of months, so unless Rosenthal has been using the UFC as his own personal barbershop over the years, it’s kind of puzzling that he would opt for the life of Joe Plumber over that of George Jung…

Then again, it sure would explain all of the recent drug troubles the UFC has been having. TELL US WHO SOLD YOU THE DRUGS, DANA.

-J. Jones

Comments

  1. Fried Taco Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 12:14


    Josh Rosenthal is the Six-Million-Dollar Man! Nick will stay retired until Josh is back and can referee his fights.
  2. teep Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 12:36


    I always thought Rosenthal looked like a creepy genius!
  3. Deadpanda Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 12:37


    1356 plants... that would put out about 2700lbs per grow cycle ::does math:: that's enough weed to keep about 347,000 serious stoners content for a solid week. Umm, wow. So there's definitely more to this story.
  4. CWill859 Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 12:51


    But he did it like a boss. Damn son
  5. stak Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:08


    That is horribly incorrect math. You're trying to say that each plant will yield two lbs every cycle? Who the hell grows 1300+ trees in a warehouse? What about vegging plants, clones, and mothers? Are they not in that 1300 figure? That's a commercial grow op so they're gonna be doing hydro, probably sea of green, with very little veg time. They'll have a ton of single cola plants that yield an ounce or less each. 2700 units per cycle. LOL!!
  6. Hexed79 Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:10


    How was this not Herb Dean?
  7. Deadpanda Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:16


    6 million dollars worth of product from 1356 plants. I'm sure you know how to run a grow operation, but you're assuming Rosenthal does things by your book. Based on the numbers given I do think he was growing trees in there; that's also probably why he got caught. Stick to your green house & leave critical thinking to others.
  8. stak Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:19


    Spoken like someone who has no idea how a commercial operation is run. Stick to high school little boy.
  9. El Guapo Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:28


    "Investigators believe the informant, whom we'll refer to him as Jon Shmones Homes in order to protect his identity, apparently ratted on Rosenthal over a dispute involving the numbers "12 to 6". They're still trying to figure out if the digits are a reference to grams vs dollars or elbows to the dome. We'll have more as the story unfolds."
  10. Deadpanda Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:31


    Well you're right about my math being off. He only needs about 1500 lbs per cycle. As far as you being wrong about everything else, sit on your green thumb & spin big boy.
  11. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:40


    It's not 2700 lbs. of weed. With that large of an amount of plants indoor they were most likely normal indoor sized plants that would yield between 2-4 oz. of dried herb per plant so somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300 lbs. if everything went well. Plants that yield over a pound are enormous and can easily take up 250 ft3 of space or more. Still considering if you have your shit down you can pull down every 60 days or so not bad. Probably about $1,000,000.00 every two months before expenses and splitting it with whoever else there was. Don't worry, he'll find plenty of fights to ref in Federal prison.
  12. El Famous Burrito Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:48


    More decent wage jobs lost. Thanks Obama.
  13. agentsmith Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 01:56


    Mr_Misanthropy is correct... at $10 per gram, 1356 plants would have to yield a pound each to add up to $6 mil. Good luck with that.
  14. El Guapo Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 02:18


    (Looking at you guys, you guys)SOMEBODY graduated from Weed College. Nerds. I should've cheated off you guys during my advanced weedomomics class. When I actually went to class, I mean, as I was normally watching Pride fights stoned off my ass.
  15. Dmonicideals Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 02:40


    Sad, another victim in the senseless war on cannabis.
  16. Alan K Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 02:57


    THE MORE YOU KNOW
  17. towelie Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 03:10


    you ever reffed a UFC fight...ON WEEEEEED??
  18. towelie Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 03:17


    i thought that was Mazzagatti
  19. cman Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 03:34


    All 209 fights he reffed are now being switched to no contests since he guided them to win bonuses to pay off their tab.
  20. crappiefloper Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 03:39


    2.5 yrs for an operation of that size? In a country club? That's a good deal
  21. danomite Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 05:02


    ohhh...so THAT'S why so many barbershops popped up in my town over the last few years.
  22. algiersheadkick504 Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 05:07


    It was medicinal
  23. the silver hawaiian Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 05:09


    Lulz at my math.
  24. the silver hawaiian Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 05:09


    God DAMN this site sucks balls for posting comments. Apparently my first post WAS lost! Y'alls cop-math is awesome.
  25. bruce leeroy Says:

    Wed, 04/17/13 - 11:09


    Looks like herb dean lost his supplier.
  26. Flynn Says:

    Thu, 04/18/13 - 12:08


    You know I am sure if Rosenthal had a couple of plants or even 20, I doubt weed would be reading about this. So is Rosenthal a ref and dealer? How frickin' cool is that?! Imagine seeing cans getting crushed at UFC events and picking up a dub of some dank stuff at the same place. So was he growing for the Diaz brothers? Or were the Diaz brothers, customers? I bet Matt Riddle is pissed! The Ganj was under his nose the whole time. Oh, god! Does Rosenthal smoke herb before a reffing gig? Just wonderin, Flynn
  27. Nippletwist Says:

    Thu, 04/18/13 - 01:33


    wow really sad that good people are still being imprisoned over pot.
  28. mcdolph Says:

    Thu, 04/18/13 - 03:10


    I wish he was my pal
  29. docktordoom Says:

    Thu, 04/18/13 - 06:07


    he ratted out the other guys...
  30. docktordoom Says:

    Thu, 04/18/13 - 06:10


    He informed on the other guys and was responsible for exceeding the number of plants over the federal limit... he's a RAT...
  31. docktordoom Says:

    Thu, 04/18/13 - 06:13


    JOSH ROSENTHAL is a rat...
  32. docktordoom Says:

    Thu, 04/18/13 - 06:32


    Herb is an honest man.
  33. stak Says:

    Fri, 04/19/13 - 07:26


    What federal limit? That would imply that they allow any cannabis plants. Even one plant is against federal law.
  34. stak Says:

    Fri, 04/19/13 - 08:14


    Do you have a link or something specific I should google? I can't find anything about him being a rat. I'm not calling you a liar, I just want the full story.
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