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Old 03-29-2010, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why is Big John not in UFC anymore?

So I was watching some SF this weekend and of course couldn't help but notice the worlds best ref (imo) Big John McCarthy reffing some matches. I know people have talked about him not being in the UFC and that blowing donkey balls. But does anyone know WHY he isn't in the UFC anymore?

I can't find anything right now, but I thought Dana has said in interviews that he thinks Big John is fantastic. So if it's not on the UFC's side, who is it that's not letting him ref the UFC matches? The Athletic Commission?

So I guess I'm starting the thread so that if really no one knows on here we can at least speculate as to why?

My initial gut reaction would be for some (dub-f*ck) reason whoever decides where the guys ref didn't like the 'star' status of Big John, and so they pulled him. I say this only because I notice the tend to rotate refs, so that's the cause for him doing other things. And the 'star' factor being the reason was the LEAST terrible ignorant choice I could think of that they would pull him from the UFC matches.

Any other ideas?
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Basicly it's a behind the scenes thing. Dana say's he doesn't have a problem with Big John but we won't see him ref in the UFC anytime soon..
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Basicly it's a behind the scenes thing. Dana say's he doesn't have a problem with Big John but we won't see him ref in the UFC anytime soon..
That is so f8cking lame of Dana, Zuffa, and whoever else is preventing Big John from reffing in the UFC.
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ya I do miss seeing Big John in the octagon but im fine with seeing him in Strikeforce.

Im actually kinda surprised but I have grown to like Herb Dean.
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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didn't he give up his nevada state license to ref or something along those lines? I barely recall an article talking about he's in line to be approved but there was no rush or some technicality that was holding it up...

arn't refs generally state appointed by that states athelitc comittee?

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executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McCarthy, who submitted his application Sept. 10, was informed that the state "[does] not anticipate adding any additional referees at this time. We will place your application in the pending file in case the situation changes."

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i thot he f'd up and couldnt ref in nevada anymore?
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Anytime someone doesn't want anything to do with the UFC it's pretty much always something to do with Uncle Fester himself, Dana White.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Big John should be disappointed he's not in UFC.

Im sure deep inside hes crying for not being part of the likes of Dan Miragliotta and Steve Mazzagatti.

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Big John should be disappointed he's not in UFC.

Im sure deep inside hes crying for not being part of the likes of Dan Miragliotta and Steve Mazzagatti.

What does the UFC have to do with those refs you mentioned? Their NSAC refs, not private UFC refs.
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He is a ref and thought he was bigger than the other refs, guess not? Plus there are rumors he fixed a fight, just rumors though.....

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