MMA big john leaves fight network and thinking about being a ref again

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  1. The Ripper

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    Big John McCarthy on Tuesday announced that he is leaving The Fight Network, and could possibly make a return to refereeing.

    McCarthy is one of the most highly regarded referees in the sport of mixed martial arts, making his debut as an official at UFC 2. He retired late last year from refereeing to take a position as an analyst and production member for The Fight Network.

    It seems that he hasn’t left his new employer on the best of terms. In his final blog entry on The Fight Network website, he said, “Well this is my farewell from the Fight Network. While I will not miss what has happened or transpired at the company, I am really going to miss some very special people that I have come to know and respect in my short time with them.” Later adding, “To all of the higher ups that have taken over the Fight Network over the last year I only have this to say... Shame on you.”

    Perhaps more interesting to MMA fans is McCarthy leaving the door open for a possible return to refereeing. “A few people have said that I have attacked the UFC. That is simply not true. I have never said anything bad about the UFC. I spent 14 years of my life trying to build up the UFC and make people understand how incredible the fighters of MMA were. I considered myself very lucky in the fact that I was able to be around the UFC for as long as I was and you never know maybe I will go back to refereeing and someday work another UFC.”

    A return to refereeing could only serve to bolster the ranks of officiating in the sport, often considered by many to be one of MMA’s weaker links. McCarthy was one of the first referees to really push for some of the rules and guidelines that helped to shape MMA as we know it today, and helped introduce a standard for professionalism for officials.

    McCarthy was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
     
  2. ITR06

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    Can't really blame him, he was making 3x the amount of money being a ref and you got to travel the world. Not sure what he was thinking in the first place.
     
  3. The Ripper

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    he probably wanted to diversify and make a name for himself doing other things/projects. I know he was writing a lot of articles as well.
     
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    UFC might not let him back in with the comments he made
     
  5. Redneck Shinobi

    Redneck Shinobi Well Jules, the funny thing about my back is that

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    I highly doubt that and he can do it anywhere and not just the UFC and get paid well. I bet he is up there with Chuck Liddell in name and face recognition to a lot of people.
     
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    how much money can you really make being a ref?
     
  7. Titus

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    yea, don't the athletic commissions pay the refs?
     
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    yup, not like he was a UFC employee. I remember hearing interviews with Herb i believe telling how little they make and how often they have to ref to make a living.
     
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    He didn't really make any comments against the UFC. And I don't think the UFC has much of a choice who the athletic commisions assign to their events
     
  10. The Ripper

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    he was a cop for like 22 years for lapd. Thats how big john made most of his money i think he was a tactical instructor or some shit. He makes a lot of money off his school to.

    http://bjmuta.com/
     
  11. Boyle

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    Big John owes his entire career to the UFC, all he has and has accomplished. He is famous because of the UFC and how they spoke so highly of him (which he did a good job and deserved) for him to then turn his back and bash Dana White like he was is just a slap in the face.

    Big johns gym opened up and hyped by the UFC, and showcased in a TUF season....

    pathetic of him to turn his back on them and bash them.
     
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    Yeah, I remember an interview with Big John and he was saying that Herb Dean was super-busy all the time but topped out at around 50k a year. So it's possibly to make a small living being a ref, but they definitely don't make the big bucks. I'm guessing most of them have other jobs on the side.
     
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    you should probably go back to not posting.
     
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    Oh god please come back
     
  15. Titus

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    i think you clicked on the wrong sub forum, the closet is up a few
     
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    he should become a judge for mma.
     
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    replace cecil peoples
     
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    Big John was undoubtedly the best in the business. There are some goddamn terrible refs out there these days.
     
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    I think it was bloody elbow had a link to some posts i guess he made on the UG trashing the fight network
     
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    its like your having a conversation in public with a bunch of friends, and some random guy walks by, hears your convo and decides to add his little input to the conversation.

    Thanks, bud.
     
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    Boyle has a point
     
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  25. Gogoplata

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    Big John said he made $50k a year and was the highest paid ref. Said Herb made more in a year, but only because he did twice the shows.
     

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