John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 6 Notebook: Pettis will wait for title shot, Dana White on Rampage & more

Anthony Pettis. Photo courtesy of Showtime Striking Systems.

After three straight wins over a trio of the UFC's toughest and most durable lightweights, including a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 last night, former WEC champion Anthony Pettis is content to wait for a shot at the UFC lightweight belt if a crack at it is set in stone for him.

"If it's a guaranteed title shot, I'm waiting," Pettis said at the event's post-fight press conference. "That's what my goals are. It's one of my goals this year. If it's next, I'm going to wait, get better and get what's mine."

Pettis has been guaranteed a UFC title shot once before. As the last reigning WEC lightweight champion, Pettis was slated to meet the winner of a January 2011 title fight between then champion Frankie Edgar and rival Gray Maynard.

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Quick Hits: Huerta Considering UFC Return, Vasquez to Replace Hominick & More

Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Despite announcing his intention to focus on his acting career full-time, UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta is now considering a full-time return to the organization following a split decision loss to Gray Maynard at last week’s UFC Fight Night 19 that fulfilled his latest UFC contract. “I can’t go out with two losses in a row,” Huerts said. “I don’t think I’m going to call it quits anytime soon. I’m still open to acting. Hopefully we get something going with that, but I’m not going to prioritize acting now. I’ll still prioritize fighting. If the UFC wants me back, I’d be willing to go back.” []

— Seasoned veteran Javier Vasquez has been tapped to replace an injured Mark Hominick against Deividas Taurosevicius in a featherweight bout at WEC 43 on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Hominick will reportedly be sidelined for about a month due to a reoccurring back injury. Vasquez fell in his WEC debut last month, dropping a split decision to L.C. Davis at WEC 42. [MMA Junkie]

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Round 5 Releases Series 3 Model Photos

Andrei Arlovski. Photo courtesy of Round 5 MMA.

Round 5, an uber-popular company currently putting out collectible MMA figurines, has released a series of photos promoting their third series of figures, which are currently slated for public release in May. UFC champions Frank Mir, Andrei Arlovski, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as referee “Big” John McCarthy will be featured in the latest series. Additional photos are after the jump.


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Mir, McCarthy Tapped for Next Series of Round 5 Figures

Frank Mir and “Big” John McCarthy. Image courtesy of Round 5.


MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA - Mixed martial arts stars Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, “Big” John McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira will be featured in Round 5?s Series 3 of mixed martial arts collectible figures, it was announced today by Round 5 C.E.O. Barron Lau and President Damon Lau. Series 3 figures are projected to be available at retail outlets throughout North America and online at beginning in April.

The Series 3 figurines follow successful launches of the first two series in April 2008 and November 2008, respectively, which featured eight MMA fan favorites. Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz comprised Series 1 while Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva were released in Series 2.

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John McCarthy Returns as Referee

John McCarthy. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The most well-known referee in the history of mixed martial arts is set to return to the profession that saw him officiate over 500 fights over a 15-year-career. The California State Athletic Commission has assigned “Big” John McCarthy to referee selected bouts at Strikeforce’s “Destruction” event on November 21 in San Jose according to

“I missed doing it,” McCarthy said referring to his days as a referee to “Sometimes when you walk away from something and you think it’s time, once you’re away you realize what you’re missing –- it’s kind of like why guys come back to fighting. It’s what I like doing. It’s what I was meant to do.”

McCarthy abruptly retired after officiating a lightweight main event between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale in December of last year to take a full-time position as an analyst with The Fight Network, which he resigned from last month amidst claims of improper management of the company.

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John McCarthy Leaves The Fight Network

John McCarthy. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Longtime mixed martial arts referee John McCarthy has resigned from his post as a commentator and analyst with The Fight Network amongst whisperings that the company is getting ready to collapse and many employees are leaving because of wrongdoings involving the current ownership.

McCarthy announced his departure from the network in a blog post on The Fight Network’s official website this morning. His closing comments to those working above him only emulate the current rumors floated around about the organization, which has seen the likes of Brian Knapp and Loretta Hunt leave their duties on the website in order to join the ranks of

“Well this is my farewell from the Fight Network,” McCarthy said in his post. “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. 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.”

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Countdown to Affliction: Banned (Video)

Affliction Entertainment has put out a series of videos previewing their debut “Banned” show, which will take place this Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The half-hour segment, which is hosted by longtime popular referee “Big” John McCarthy, focuses around the main event which features heavyweight phenom Fedor Emelianenko, who will be taking on former UFC champion Tim Sylvia for the WAMMA heavyweight title.

A Jay Glazer interview with Emelinanenko is featured as well as a profile on Sylvia that includes remarks from his longtime trainer Pat Miletich as well as Sylvia himself. The first part is above. The rest of the “Countdown” special is after the jump.

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“Big John” Not Ruling Out Return

MMA News has a new interview up with long-time MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy that details McCarthy’s entire career and his recent decision to retire from officiating.

When asked about a possible return in the future, McCarthy didn’t rule it out: Is there any chance you would return to being a ref or is that on the back burner at this point?

“Big” John McCarthy: It’s on the back burner at this point but never say never. Could I referee again? Sure.