After 13 years of being the premiere referee in mixed martial arts, “Big” John McCarthy has announced his retirement, effective immediately after he presides over his final match, the main event between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida at Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.
McCarthy made the announcement during a conference call for the media held earlier today.
He will now join The Fight Network as an on-air analyst and strategic adviser. His first job will come at TKO 31:Young Guns on December 14th where he will join play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo as a color commentator.
McCarthy refereed for the first at UFC 2 in 1994. McCarthy originally requested to fight in the UFC but his trainer, Rorion Gracie, advised him to referee the event instead. 500+ bouts later, McCarthy will finally call it quits.
He recently retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after over 20 years of service. He will continue to operate his MMA gym out of Valencia, California and work with various athletic commissions in hopes of perfecting the rules and regulations that currently oversee the sport.
I sure hope that the UFC decides to honor McCarthy after tomorrow night’s bout. He deserves it…