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 Sherdog.com.
“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.”
Even more interesting is the notion that McCarthy could jump back into his former profession in the near future. McCarthy retired as a referee after a 14-year-career that started and ended with the UFC, with whom he was regular seen officiating high-profile matchups, and has since been criticized for his stance concerning his one-time employer.
However McCarthy denied accusations that he had been bad-mouthing the UFC in his blog post as well, stating that he had never said anything negative about the organization and would even consider returning to referee another event if given the chance.
“A few people have said that I have attacked the UFC,” McCarthy said. “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.”
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