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John McCarthy weighs in on Jon Jones’ recent arrest

Veteran referee John McCarthy has given fans his thoughts on the recent arrest of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. The incident involving Jones in...
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Top MMA podcasts to listen to during coronavirus isolation

With the looming threat of Coronavirus causing everybody to isolate themselves, BJPENN.com has curated a list of the top MMA podcasts for you to...
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Referee John McCarthy explains the proper way to judge an MMA bout

Legendary MMA referee Big John McCarthy recently explained the proper way to judge an MMA fight, using Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero as an...
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John McCarthy says Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero should have included 10-10 round

Bellator commentator and MMA official John McCarthy believes that there should have been a 10-10 round scored in the Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero...
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John McCarthy gives his scorecard for Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Bellator commentator and veteran MMA official Big John McCarthy has share his scorecard for the UFC 248 co-main event between Weili Zhang and Joanna...
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John McCarthy: ‘Dana White should be kissing my a**’ for ‘some of the things...

Former referee Big John McCarthy believes Dana White owes him a thank you — maybe even some butt-kissing. McCarthy has been instrumental in overseeing MMA...
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John McCarthy announces 2020 COMMAND Course in hopes of improving refereeing and judging in...

Referee Big John McCarthy has re-launched his COMMAND Course in hopes of improving MMA refereeing and nurturing the next generation of talent. Though he is...
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John McCarthy blasts referee for “horrendous” Ion Cutelaba vs Magomed Ankalaev decision

Referee royalty, Big John McCarthy is less than impressed with the referee's controversial ruling in the Ion Cutelaba vs Magomed Ankalaev bout at UFC...
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John McCarthy on Diego Sanchez following UFC Rio Rancho: “How many fights is enough...

Referee John McCarthy believes there is just "something completely different" about Diego Sanchez following last weekend's UFC event in Rio Rancho. The UFC legend, Sanchez,...
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John McCarthy trashes UFC 247 judging: ‘It was bad’

Bellator commentator and veteran MMA official Big John McCarthy trashed the judging at UFC 247, saying the judges did a poor job scoring the...
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Newly retired Josh Thomson opens up on future plans

This week on his Weighing In podcast, Josh Thomson announced his official retirement from fighting. “I can say that I’m officially retired,” Thomson began. “I realized I...
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John McCarthy shuts down Brendan Schaub’s claim that all the best fighters are in...

Former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub recently claimed that all the best fighters are on the UFC roster. Unsurprisingly, this comment generated a torrent of...
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Jimmy Smith criticizes John McCarthy for MVP vs. Anderson Silva comparisons

Long-time MMA analyst Jimmy Smith criticized Bellator commentator Big John McCarthy for his recent comparison between Michael Page and Anderson Silva. McCarthy has come under...
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Big John McCarthy shares his take on why Dana White is against cross-promotion

Bellator color commentator and long-time MMA referee Big John McCarthy explained why he believes UFC president Dana White is against cross-promotion. Bellator recently did a...
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John McCarthy explains what Khabib Nurmagomedov needs to do to beat Tony Ferguson

John McCarthy believes Tony Ferguson is going to be a tough opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two have been booked to fight each other on...
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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...
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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...
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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...