Big John McCarthy talks the state of refereeing in modern MMA

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with mixed martial arts (MMA) refereeing pioneer “Big” John McCarthy about the state of refereeing in MMA, especially in lieu of the recent Drew Dober/Claudio Silva refereeing controversy from UFC Fight Night 62.

The long-time referee explained why he’s in his current position and the advantages of being around since the beginning of the UFC:

“The one thing I have going for me is I was there from the beginning. I know why things happen. I was the one that wrote the rules. I was the one that wrote our criteria for judging along with Jeff Blatnick. So I know where I came from. I understand exactly what was meant at certain times so in some ways I have an advantage because I’ve been around so long and in some ways it’s not an advantage because I’m the old bastard.” 

Written by Frank Trigg

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