UFC 251 was a mixed bag. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman snoozed his way to a decision over Jorge Masvidal. Max Holloway was likely robbed in his effort to regain his featherweight championship from Alexander Volkanovski. Rose Namajunas pulled off a decision victory over Jessica Andrade while Paige VanZant came up short yet again. It wasn’t … Read more
UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has had to defend the questionable stoppage in his bout with bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. That is when he isn’t playing digital footsie with Nikki Bella on social media. And… The stoppage in question occurred in the main event of the UFC’s ESPN+ debut on January 19th. Cejudo rocked TJ … Read more
Here’s a fun topic. Medical marijuana. MMA referee to the stars Big John McCarthy’s wife uses medical marijuana for Lupus and he isn’t shy about his opinions on it. McCarthy recently spoke to Vegas Cannabis and even touched on marijuana in MMA. The understanding of concussions and their severity is one of the big hurdles facing all combat … Read more
Roy “Big Country” Nelson got a nine-month suspension and $24,000 fine for kicking referee “Big” John McCarthy following his KO of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 in September. Nelson considers Silva a friend and felt McCarthy took too long to stop the fight, so he gave “Big” John a slight kick with his foot … Read more
Following Roy “Big Country” Nelson‘s second round knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva Saturday at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Roy used his own big foot to boot referee “Big” John McCarthy in the ass for what he perceived as a late stoppage. Roy considers “Bigfoot” a friend and didn’t want to do any more … Read more
Long time MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy is one of the best referee’s in the history of MMA, reffing some of the biggest fights in MMA history. He has a hashtag movement on Twitter called “#AskBJM” where he’ll answer questions from people on Twitter and it’s quite good. He recently was asked a question regarding … Read more
After you’ve seen enough crazy endings to MMA fights, once in awhile the thought might cross your mind that there was something shady going on. Somebody was paid off. The referee or judge or someone was in on it and the fight was fixed. Referee Big John McCarthy has been around since the beginning and has talked … Read more
How did you like Mark Hunt’s performance against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 this past weekend? He landed some hard shots against dos Santos, but dos Santos’ chin held up and he used his boxing and takedowns en route to what looked like was going to be a unanimous decision win — until dos he was able to land a spinning head kick and finish Hunt off with under a minute left in the fight.
ProMMAnow.com takes a look at “Big” John McCarthy’s autobiography “Let’s Get It On!” and his description of refereeing two fights inside the UFC Octagon that he believes were fixed.