John McCarthy News
John McCarthy and Josh Thomson weigh in on Kayla Harrison’s decision to sign with UFC: “I think she went where the easier fights are”
Cole Shelton - January 25, 2024
John McCarthy thinks Colby Covington won’t ever “reach that pinnacle” following loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 296: “Did you see who he called out?”
Harry Kettle - January 4, 2024
John McCarthy believes Dana White's PFL comments spawn from frustration over missing out on Bellator fighters
Harry Kettle - December 6, 2023
John McCarthy shares theory as to why the UFC didn’t want Stipe Miocic fighting for the interim heavyweight title
Harry Kettle - November 1, 2023
John McCarthy shares the one area Paddy Pimblett can pose problems for Tony Ferguson
Harry Kettle - September 29, 2023
Not Legal! John McCarthy says Israel Adesanya should have been forced to trim his fingernails at UFC 293
Harry Kettle - September 15, 2023
Former MMA referee John McCarthy believes Israel Adesanya should’ve been forced to trim his fingernails before UFC 293. Last weekend at UFC 293, Israel Adesanya lost the UFC middleweight championship. He was beaten by Sean Strickland in a one-sided unanimous decision, leaving many fans and pundits stunned. It was one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, with many just not being able to fathom that Strickland was able to get the job done.
John McCarthy is not sold on Dana White’s comments regarding a UFC comeback for Ronda Rousey
Susan Cox - August 31, 2023
John McCarthy is not sold on Dana White’s comments regarding a UFC comeback for Ronda Rousey. Ronda Rousey (12-2 MMA) retired from the MMA world all the way back in 2016 after experiencing back to back losses to Holly Holm (15-7 MMA) and Amanda Nunes (23-5 MMA).
John McCarthy explains why he sides with Dana White in Stephen Thompson pay dispute
Susan Cox - August 17, 2023
John McCarthy is explaining why he’s siding with Dana White in the Stephen Thompson pay dispute. It was at UFC 291, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (17-6 MMA) was set to take on Michel ‘Demolidor’ Pereira (28-11 MMA) in a welterweight bout. Pereira ultimately missed weight by three pounds so their match-up never took place. According to Dana White, the UFC offered Thompson another fight but he declined.
John McCarthy weighs in on Jan Blachowicz’s claims of robbery after UFC 291 loss: “You think the f***ing takedown is what gives you the win?”
Harry Kettle - August 3, 2023
John McCarthy has questioned Jan Blachowicz’s claim that he was robbed in his UFC 291 defeat to Alex Pereira. Last weekend at UFC 291, Jan Blachowicz went head to head with Alex Pereira in a big light heavyweight clash. The popular opinion, in the eyes of many, was that the winner would receive a title shot in their next bout. In the end, the judges ultimately gave the nod to ‘Poatan’ following a competitive encounter.
John McCarthy shares the former UFC champion who took “pleasure” in hurting his opponents
Harry Kettle - August 1, 2023
John McCarthy shuts down talk of a Ronda Rousey return to the UFC: “Walk away and be a farmer”
Harry Kettle - July 7, 2023
Former UFC referee John McCarthy has dismissed the idea of Ronda Rousey making a sensational return to the UFC. As many fans know, Ronda Rousey built quite a legacy for herself in mixed martial arts. She holds a 12-2 record, and served as the first major female star the UFC had seen. She became a global phenomenon and while she did lose her last two bouts to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, she also had a lot of great moments along the way.
Big John McCarthy takes issue with Saturday’s UFC 289 main card lineup: “Is this pay-per-view quality?”
Susan Cox - June 8, 2023
Big John McCarthy is taking issue with Saturday’s UFC 289 main card lineup. UFC 289 takes place this coming Saturday, June 10th at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
John McCarthy warns Michael Chandler against throwing caution to the wind in UFC fight with Conor McGregor: “It is the dumbest idea ever”
Susan Cox - February 7, 2023
John McCarthy is warning Michael Chandler against throwing caution to the wind in his UFC fight with Conor McGregor. UFC President, Dana White, announced this past Saturday that McGregor (22-6 MMA) and Chandler (23-8 MMA) will be rival coaches and opponents on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 31 (TUF).
John McCarthy and Josh Thomson critical of Dana White's Power Slap league and athlete pay
Harry Kettle - January 27, 2023
John McCarthy and Josh Thomson have questioned the legitimacy and future of Dana White’s Power Slap league. Ever since day one, we’ve seen many questions hanging over the head of Dana White’s new Power Slap league. Some are intrigued, whereas others have some serious concerns.
'Big' John McCarthy explains path to victory for Petr Yan against Merab Dvalishvili
Andrew Whitelaw - January 25, 2023
John McCarthy believes current UFC seating arrangement causes issues for judges: “You want better scores, change it”
Harry Kettle - December 15, 2022
John McCarthy believes the UFC seating arrangement is what causes issues for judges when scoring fights for the promotion. Over the course of the last few weeks, months and years, judging has been a big issue in mixed martial arts. Some think the problem is exaggerated whereas others want it to be addressed immediately.
John McCarthy told his son who was a judge for Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon he got it wrong: "I think they got influenced by what the crowd was into”
Cole Shelton - December 12, 2022
John McCarthy believes Jared Gordon should’ve gotten his hand raised at UFC 282. Gordon was facing Paddy Pimblett in the co-main event of UFC 282 in an intriguing lightweight scrap. Many expected the Brit to win and remain undefeated but the fight was much closer than many thought.
John McCarthy shares his thoughts on a possible Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz boxing match: “Too fast, too big; that's not a good fight”
Harry Kettle - November 3, 2022
John McCarthy has given his thoughts on the possibility of Jake Paul taking on Nate Diaz in his next boxing match. Last weekend, Jake Paul beat Anderson Silva to move to 6-0 in his pro boxing career. He did so after dropping ‘The Spider’ in the last round, ultimately proving many critics wrong who thought he’d be overmatched.
John McCarthy and Josh Thomson slam the UFC for not giving Nate Diaz a proper send-off: “Diaz probably garnered the UFC somewhere between 500 million to a billion dollars”
Harry Kettle - September 8, 2022
John McCarthy and Josh Thomson have questioned the UFC for not giving Nate Diaz a proper send-off. This Saturday night at UFC 279, Nate Diaz will battle Khamzat Chimaev in a blockbuster welterweight main event. For many months now fans have questioned whether or not this is the right route to go down for both men, especially with Diaz being set to compete in the last fight on his current UFC deal.
John McCarthy shares his prediction for Saturday’s UFC 278 co-main event between Luke Rockhold and Paulo Costa: “I'm calling it by stoppage in the third”
Susan Cox - August 19, 2022
John McCarthy discusses how a Brock Lesnar vs Fedor Emelianenko super-fight would have played out: “The results would not have made Dana happy”
Harry Kettle - August 5, 2022
John McCarthy has said that he believes Fedor Emelianenko would’ve beaten Brock Lesnar if the two had fought. For many years now fans have talked about great fights that we never quite got the chance to see. Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre is one, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is another, and one of the other big ones is the heavyweight showdown that never was between Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko.
John McCarthy explains why he “did not agree” with the Derrick Lewis - Sergei Pavlovich stoppage at UFC 277: “It’s not like these are new, young guys”
Susan Cox - August 3, 2022
John McCarthy is explaining why he ‘did not agree’ with the Derrick Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich stoppage at UFC 277. It was Derrick Lewis (26-10 MMA) vs Sergei Pavlovich (16-1 MMA) in a heavyweight bout last Saturday night, July 30th. It was just 55 seconds into the 1st round where Pavlovich finished Lewis to win the match. Pavlovich handed his opponent a barrage of shots and Lewis eventually fell to the canvas wherein referee Dan Miragliotta quickly jumped in to stop the fight.
John McCarthy clarified his previous remarks about Nick Diaz lighting up Kamaru Usman
Harry Kettle - June 7, 2022
MMA analyst John McCarthy has clarified his previous comments regarding a match-up between Nick Diaz and Kamaru Usman. Over the course of the last few decades, ‘Big’ John McCarthy has served as one of the most recognisable faces in all of mixed martial arts. He spent many years as a referee, most notably under the UFC umbrella, and was therefore part of many iconic moments throughout the history of the sport.
Chase Hooper scolds John McCarthy for suggesting Kamaru Usman would get “lit up” by Nick Diaz: “Probably one of the worst MMA takes I’ve seen”
Susan Cox - May 31, 2022
Chase Hopper has scolded John McCarthy for suggesting Kamaru Usman would get ‘lit up’ by Nick Diaz. During a recent interview with ‘TMZ’, Nick Diaz (26-10 MMA) indicated he’s targeting an end-of-year return and he’d like to challenge Kamaru Usman (20-1 MMA) for the title.
John McCarthy says he “wouldn’t mind” seeing Nick Diaz fight for a title next: “That doesn’t mean that I am talking about the welterweight title”
Susan Cox - May 31, 2022
John McCarthy weighs in on last weekend’s UFC Vegas 55 main event result: “I don’t think it was a robbery”
Susan Cox - May 24, 2022
John McCarthy, former MMA referee, has weighed in on last weekends UFC Vegas 55 main event result. UFC Vegas 55 took place on Saturday May 21st, 2022 inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
John McCarthy believes poor corner advice is partially to blame for the performance of Rose Namajunas at UFC 274
Susan Cox - May 10, 2022
John McCarthy is weighing in on the performance of Rose Namajunas this past Saturday night at UFC 274, believing poor corner advise is partially to blame for the loss. It was Rose Namajunas (12-5 MMA) vs Carla Esparza (20-6 MMA) in the strawweight co-main event. Carla was to be the victor by split decision, stripping the title from Rose. While anticipation leading up to the fight was great, the outcome proved to be so lacklustre that some media reports are saying it just might have been the worst UFC title fight in history.