McCarthy Bolts The Fight Network, Refereeing In His Future?

Whether refereeing is in his immediate plans or not is uncertain, but nonetheless, Big John McCarthy announced on Tuesday that he is leaving The Fight Network and could possibly return to refereeing.  Apparently, McCarthy didn’t exactly leave on the best of terms with The Fight Network as on his final blog post on their website, McCarthy said,

“Well this is my farewell from the Fight Network. 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.”

Perhaps most telling about his final blog posting was the end:

“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.”

As previously noted, McCarthy left the door open to perhaps returning to refereeing, adding,

“A few people have said that I have attacked the UFC.  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.”

From all of the MMA fights that I have witnessed, McCarthy is one of the most competent, professional referees in the business.  His return would only enhance the reputation of MMA – whether it is through the UFC or whatever organization he eventually decides to work for.  One thing is for certain – don’t look for McCarthy to stay on the sidelines for too much longer.

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