Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that longtime MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy will announce his retirement shortly after working the main event between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida at this weekend’s The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale:
The best known referee in mixed martial arts will step down after Saturday’s UFC card at the Palms Hotel.
“Big” John McCarthy, who has been a referee since UFC 2 in 1994, will work the main event of The Ultimate Fighter finale on Saturday between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida and then announce his retirement.
McCarthy, 45, will take a job as an MMA analyst with The Fight Network.
It’s sad to see McCarthy go, especially since he’s arguably the best referee out there at a time where the sport has reached it’s highest level of popularity to date and along with it comes more criticism on officials, but he’ll be well off with his gym in California and his new job as an analyst with The Fight Network.
One of my goals going into covering the world of MMA was to interview McCarthy at some point. For whatever reason I think it’d make for an amazing piece and it would be fun to get some stories from a completely different aspect of the game. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that in the future.
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