The MMA referee, "Big" John McCarthy

Darren McFarland, Brad Hopkins, Ed Clay and Chris Pappas are back! (well, Ed will be back soon) ( readers will recall our weekly archives of “The Afternoon Press Box” radio show. Well, the guys have a new home at 102.5 FM The Game (, Middle Tennessee’s leading sports radio network.

Each week Darren and the guys will be doing their MMA thing on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., making it the ONLY FM MMA radio show in the world on the morning drive! That’s huge!

For those who don’t know, these guys have been doing their MMA radio show now for six years, making it the longest running mixed martial arts focused FM radio show in the world. And is proud to be the exclusive home of the Round One MMA Radio Show archives.

Listen to or download episode two of Round One MMA Radio below:

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Round One MMA Radio Show episode two recap:

On Thursday’s episode the guys welcomed as a guest the original pro MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy (interview starts at 8:50 mark).  “Big” John, who has a new book out entitled “Let’s Get It On!”, shared his thoughts on the Jon Jones-Rashad Evans beef and smack talk in MMA in general.

He told the story of a talk he had with Nick Diaz and Frank Shamrock before their fight about the rules of smack talk in the cage and what they were and were not allowed to do. “Big” John talked about his new book and why there were some stories he had to leave out. He also discussed the growth of MMA and why the UFC’s deal with FOX is such a monumental milestone.

He talked about his own popularity and the accessibility the general public has with the fighters and people involved in the MMA industry compared with other sports. “Big” John revealed the origins of his trademark catch phrase “Let’s get it on!” and also revealed the person he shares the trademark with. Listen and find out how you can pick up a signed copy of  “Big” John McCarthy’s new autobiography “Let’s Get It On!”.

In addition to talking with “Big” John, the guys talked about the challenges of being an MMA referee, this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 25 fight card and Jake Shields having to deal with the loss of his father. They discussed Jon “Bones” Jones“219lbs and battle ready” photo and how much Chris loved it,. The importance of diet in MMA is discussed and much more.

MMA fans can listen to Round One MMA Radio LIVE each Thursday morning from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. CT by going to the 102.5 FM The Game website at However, if you miss the LIVE show, the archives will be available exclusively on ( and will normally be posted here each Thursday afternoon (or Friday at the latest) following each week’s episode.

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