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John McCarthy says Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal should not have been stopped by...

Veteran MMA referee and Bellator color commentator John McCarthy believes the UFC 244 main event between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal was stopped too...
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John McCarthy doesn’t blame Greg Hardy for inhaler incident

Legendary referee John McCarthy is weighing in on "Inhalergate" following the overturning of Greg Hardy's unanimous decision win at UFC Boston. At Friday night's event...
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John McCarthy responds to Ariel Helwani

John McCarthy and Ariel Helwani got at each other on social media after the recent 30 for 30 documentary featuring Tito Ortiz and Chuck...
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John McCarthy and Ariel Helwani get in heated debate on Twitter

Bellator broadcaster and former referee John McCarthy recently had a heated exchange with ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani on social media. McCarthy and Helwani are both...
Jessica Andrade

Veteran referee John McCarthy gives take on Jessica Andrade KO

On Saturday night, in the main event of UFC 237, Jessica Andrade claimed the UFC flyweight title by knocking out the champion Rose Namajunas...
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UFC 235 | John McCarthy gives his take on Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler...

On Saturday night, on the main card of UFC 235, former ONE Championship and Bellator titleholder Ben Askren finally made his UFC...
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Bellator commentator John McCarthy rips UFC’s “stupid” Reebok uniforms on-air

The UFC's outfitting deal with sports apparel giant Reebok is frequently criticized by fans, fighters, and pundits alike. Not only does this deal deprive...
Tyson Fury

Veteran MMA referee John McCarthy addresses Tyson Fury 10 count controversy

Resurgent Brit Tyson Fury put forth a masterful performance in his Saturday night WBC heavyweight title fight with champion Deontay Wilder. Unfortunately, the bout...
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VIDEO | Is this the worst MMA referee of all time?

https://twitter.com/BrMassami/status/1031350697084649472 Want to see some really bad MMA officiating? Like really, really bad? Watch the video above. This baffling referee disaster occurred at Daredevil Fight 13 inside the...
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“Big” John McCarthy challenges fans who think the best fighters are all in the...

Veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy, who now works as a commentator for Bellator MMA, is adamant that there are plenty of world-class fighters outside...
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VIDEO | ‘Big’ John McCarthy puts blame on commentators for rule and judging controversies

https://youtu.be/19o2WjnQEiU?t=41m25s "The commentators, especially the UFC post-fight or pre-fight people...they're putting information out that's not true. And that hurts the fans in understanding what the...
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“Big” John McCarthy gives his take on Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson scoring

Last weekend, in the main event of the UFC's debut in Liverpool, hometown hero Darren Till picked up the biggest win of his career,...
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Veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy gives his take on Raquel Pennington corner controversy

On Saturday night, in the main event of the action-packed UFC 224 card in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Raquel Pennington came up short in...
Merab Dvalishvili, Ricky Simon

John McCarthy gives his take on strange Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon fight: “he...

On the undercard of Saturday night's exciting UFC Atlantic City card, Merab Dvalishvili and hist short-notice replacement opponent Rick Simon engaged in an exciting, three-round...
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John McCarthy thinks he knows why Jon Jones failed drug tests

Veteran MMA referee and current Bellator commentator "Big" John McCarthy is becoming one of the most respected voices in MMA. As such, his opinions...
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Veteran referee John McCarthy weighs in on Hector Lombard DQ

Last weekend, on the undercard of UFC 222, former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard made his latest return to the UFC's Octagon, this time...
John McCarthy responds to Daniel Cormier

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...
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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...
John McCarthy responds to Daniel Cormier

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...
John McCarthy responds to Daniel Cormier

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

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...
John McCarthy responds to Daniel Cormier

Referee John McCarthy says differing rules of athletic commissions is “not fair to the...

When the UFC travels across the united states – and further afield – the rules its athletes compete under can change depending on the...
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VIDEO | Tito Ortiz says he had a WWE moment and nearly took ‘Big’...

https://youtu.be/lzGu5VrJN34 Tito Ortiz left his gloves in the cage following his first round submission over Chael Sonnen in the main event at Bellator 170 over...
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Referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy says he had to hurt Tito Ortiz to get him...

The main event of Bellator 170 had Chael Sonnen coming out of retirement to take on Tito Ortiz for "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy's"...
John McCarthy responds to Daniel Cormier

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...

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

https://youtu.be/jc0InaHcxEw 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...
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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...
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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...

Video Interview: Referee of The Year: ‘ 95% of the time you can...

https://youtu.be/kC_mJx7Kwi8 MMA 'Referee of The Year' "Big John" McCarthy has been there through some of the most historical fights in MMA history. So when...