Thursday, December 2, 2021

Big John McCarthy Will Not Ref This Weekend At UFC 104


Referee “Big” John McCarthy will be conspicuously absent from UFC 104 this Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 15-year officiating veteran, who’s logged in nearly 600 fights worldwide dating back to UFC 2 and has a long background in helping shape the sport’s current rules, was not assigned by the California State Athletic Commission to work the event.

McCarthy, a California native, has been re-licensed in the state since November 2008, after returning from a yearlong retirement to pursue broadcasting opportunities. McCarthy has refereed and judged at multiple events in California this year.

McCarthy was also informed in mid-September that his application to referee fights in Nevada would be placed in a “pending” file by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer said the state had no space for McCarthy at this time.

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