Legendary mixed martial arts referee “Big” John McCarthy has been assigned by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) a referee position at the upcoming Strikeforce “Destruction” card on Nov 21 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
McCarthy best known for saying the phrase “Let’s get it on”, left refereeing last year to pursue a MMA analyst job with TheFightNetwork. He recently left the position amongst internal turmoil at the Canadian based company.
“I had a good time doing [commentary] and it was fun … The Fight Network overextended itself and wasn’t ready to do certain things that they said that they were going to be able to do. It just didn’t work out there.”
Following his retirement from refereeing, McCarthy made it clear to the media that he will return someday to referee another fight. In less then a year he has found himself back on the roster of the CSAC list of referees for Strikeforce “Destruction”.
“I missed doing it … Sometimes when you walk away from something and you think it’s time, once you’re away you realize what you’re missing —- it’s kind of like why guys come back to fighting. It’s what I like doing. It’s what I was meant to do.”
Last Fridays HDNet “Inside MMA” which features Tim Sylvia’s “Big Announcement”.
“Bas and Kenny are joined by guest panelists MMA legend Pat Miletich, respected referee Big John McCarthy, and IFL coach Don Frye. Ron Kruck reports on all the latest MMA news and provides highlights from the week’s best fights. The EliteXC showdown between Frank Shamrock and Cung Le is previewed. Also, Bas answers viewer emails and the #7 MMA fighter is revealed from the “Inside MMA All-Time Top 10.” Inside MMA airs Fridays on HDNet. Check www.hd.net for air times. ”