MMA Referee, Josh Rosenthal Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges in California

Veteran mixed martial arts referee, Josh Rosenthal has pleaded guilty to drug charges in California Northern District Court and is awaiting sentencing.

According to court documents obtained by, Rosenthal was arrested last year on felony charges of conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. One year ago, federal agents raided an Oakland, Calif., warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate that contained 1,356 marijuana plants, according to a copy of the agreement obtained from the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Oakland. The drug’s street value was estimated at more than $6 million.

Rosenthal initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in October but later changed his plea to guilty this past January, according to court documents. Rosenthal is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17th, though the referee’s sentencing has previously been continued several times, most notably from Feb. 7th to April 9th in order to allow Rosenthal to recover from a staph infection that hospitalized him from January 12 to January 20th, according to court documents.

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