Im not sure how people think this could possibly be worse then what we currently have. I say let some ex fighters judge, they have way more knowledge then some old dude who has never fought and probobly never even trained.
And Im sure Almeida would be a professional and score the fight fairly. Why would he do something to diminish a sport he probobly loves?
Also, I think Big John and Herb Dean have trained with MMA fighters and they seem to be able to ref fairly.