John McCarthy News

Jan 10, 2018 5:54 am

John McCarthy opens up on Bellator commentary gig, future as a referee

Yesterday afternoon, we learned that veteran MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy had joined the Bellator MMA family as a member of the promotion’s broadcast team. Initially, it sounded as though McCarthy’s broadcast duties signalled the end of his career as a referee, but apparently that’s not the case. He still plans to work as an...

Jan 9, 2018 10:27 am

Bellator announces legendary addition to their broadcasting team

Earlier this month, news surfaced that Bellator MMA had parted ways with long-time color commentator Jimmy Smith. They’ve already filled the void Smith left behind, and with a pretty surprising name: Big John McCarthy, legendary mixed martial arts referee. The promotion announced this interesting addition to their broadcast team in a Tuesday afternoon press release. McCarthy...

Jul 31, 2017 8:52 am

Referee Big John McCarthy responds to Daniel Cormier’s post-fight statement

Last Saturday, Daniel Cormier’s reign as UFC light heavyweight champion came to a crashing halt, as he was put down by a third-round head-kick dealt by his rival Jon Jones. Some 24 hours later, Cormier released a statement on his Instagram account, during which he congratulated Jones, and apologized to referee John McCarthy for initially...

Jun 26, 2017 9:05 am

Referee Big John McCarthy gives his take on Kevin Lee vs. Michael Chiesa stoppage controversy

Last night, in the main event of the UFC’s anticipated trip to Oklahoma City, Michael Chiesa lost by submission to “The MoTown Phenom” Kevin Lee. The unfortunate thing is that, while Lee’s rear-naked choke was deep, Chiesa never actually tapped out or lost consciousness. Instead, referee Mario Yamasaki misread the situation, and stopped the fight...

Nov 28, 2016 8:38 am

Big John McCarthy says MMA officiating career “won’t go on much longer”

Veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy made his first Octagon appearance all the way back at UFC 2 in the year 1994. As such, he and his trademark “let’s get it on” fight-staring line are as much a symbol of the UFC as Bruce Buffer, Joe Rogan, and the Octagon itself. Of course, Big John’s officiating...

Sep 25, 2016 2:03 pm

VIDEO | Roy Nelson reveals what he said to John McCarthy following kick in the butt

Veteran UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson made headlines yesterday evening in Brazil for all the wrong reasons. Following his knockout victory over former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio Silva, an irate Nelson decided to flip-off and then kick referee John McCarthy for not stopping the contest earlier. At the UFC Fight Night 95 post-fight press conference...

Sep 25, 2016 8:46 am

UFC Fighters react to Roy Nelson kicking referee John McCarthy

UFC heavyweight veteran Roy “Big Country” Nelson scored knockout number 14 of his storied mixed martial arts career at last night’s UFC Fight Night 95 event in Brazil. Nelson caught his opponent, former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio Silva, with a massive uppercut late in round two that sent “Bigfoot” crashing to the canvas. Roy...

Sep 25, 2016 8:17 am

PHOTO | Roy Nelson issues an apology to Big John McCarthy

UFC veteran Roy Nelson added another knockout victory to his resume at last night’s UFC Fight Night 95 event in Brazil, scoring a second-round finish over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. “Big Country” flattened the former UFC heavyweight title challenger (Antonio Silva) with an uppercut late in the fight’s second-round and then promptly followed up with some...

Feb 10, 2016 12:03 pm

Flashback Video: LAPD Officer Big John McCarthy with Shotgun at LA Riots

Just a little flashback video of a guy we all know by “Big John” McCarthy who was pulling some overtime hours during the LA riots back in the early 90’s. Check out McCarthy calling the shots outside the octagon strapped and ready to “get it on” in this video.