Big John McCarthy Coming Back To Refereeing?

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During a recent episode of Tagg Radio, legendary MMA referee Big John McCarthy turned some heads as he stated that he will be coming back to refereeing some day.

“Big” John McCarthy on his career in Referring:
“I quit reffing because I was disappointed in some of the things that were happening in the sport….I’ve been offered a lot of chances to comeback. I haven’t taken them yet, but yeah, eventually I’ll come back to refereeing because I love it.”

“CB tapped. Herb (Dean) did the right thing in stopping that fight…Amir has caught twice, so he’s got something to go work on.”

TG: “Roy”, Tagg Radio and FightLine

Big John McCarthy Making Sense of July 29th UFC-Affliction Mess

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Big John McCarthy comment’s to the OC Register on the UFC-Affliction Mess.

“I mean, look at that fight. You got your middleweight champion (Anderson Silva), you’re moving up to light-heavyweight to fight James Irvin. What good does that do for him? I mean, (UFC president) Dana (White) feels … obviously he feels there is some competition there with Affliction. He wants to try to do something to damage Affliction. That’s why he is doing this. I look at it and it’s bad for the sport, it’s bad for the fans. There needs to be more than the one promotion.”

“The UFC is the big one on the block. I would never say anything differently until anything really comes about. But to sit there and try to shove a show in on the same date to say come watch. It’s the same thing they did with the Chuck Liddell special (on Spike TV) the same night as the (EliteXC) fights on CBS. It’s like, come on. The sport is big enough to where there can be more than one. There needs to be more than one. The UFC has what 200 fighters signed or 250 fighters? You know what, there are a whole lot more fighters thana that in this world and they need jobs. So there needs to be the other promotions.”

“Thank God, Affliction is doing what they are doing and putting together … honestly, I’m not saying it to say it, it is the best card with heavyweights that has ever been put together by any organization in, at least North America, and probably in the world ever. You’ve got three ex-UFC champions (Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett and Andre Arlovski). You’ve got the ex-PRIDE champion in Fedor (Emelianenko) and you have other guys. You have Matt Lindland, Vitor Belfort, Mike Whitehead against Renato ‘Babalu’ (Sobral). You’ve got some great fights there. It’s going to be a hell of a card. Go and watch the one live and TiVo the UFC show. That’s what I’m going to do. I will TiVo the UFC show.”

TG: BloodyElbow

MMA News: “Big” John McCarthy To Retire Following TUF 6 Finale

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YahooSports is reporting, that “Big” John McCarthy will referee his last mixed martial arts event this weekend at The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 Finale in Las Vegas.

McCarthy is expected to announce his retirement today during a Fight Network press conference.

Earlier this week, we learned McCarthy has taken a job as a MMA analysis with The Fight Network.

McCarthy has been referring MMA since UFC 2 back in 1994. He holds a BJJ black belt from Rorion Gracie and owns his a gym in Valencia, CA called Big John McCarthy Ultimate Training Academy. For more on Big John Click Here