One of the biggest grudge matches in MMA history will fall directly on the shoulders of veteran referee Yves Lavigne.
"I was kind of shocked because I didn't expect that one," Lavigne told Mauro Ranallo on Friday during an appearance on The MMA Show. "To be honest, it's a privilege when a commissioner asks you to go into his jurisdiction to go ref. Normally, I'm just happy to be a part of the show because it's a privilege to be there."
Lavigne certainly isn't new to working major UFC title bouts, particularly grudge matches. He has called a pair of high-profile grudge title matches including Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 113 and Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra at UFC 83.
While Lavigne lacks the notoriety of a Herb Dean or "Big" John McCarthy, he has enough experience to ensure confidence in the NSAC that he is capable of calling such a high-profile bout.
UFC 148 is scheduled to take place on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There will be a lot of emotion heading into the main event considering some of things that have been said between Silva and Sonnen.
On a side note, UFC president Dana White won't have to worry about Steve Mazzagatti ruining his night, unless Lavigne is also hit with the injury bug.