World renowned MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy retired from his duties with the UFC late last year to pursue other opportunities outside of the cage. He has now left his post with The Fight Network, and seemingly not on the best of terms. McCarthy posted one final blog entry on their website, burning all possible bridges, and leaving the door open for a possible return to what he does best.
“Well this is my farewell from The Fight Network, McCarthy wrote. 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.” Later adding, “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.”
In today’s day and age, people change jobs like they change clothes, so McCarthy’s decision to leave an unhealthy atmosphere is not such a big deal. However, of major significance to MMA fans is that he ended his blog talking about his love for the UFC, trying to dispel the rumors that he was out to get them after he left.
“A few people have said that I have attacked the UFC,” he stated. “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.”
There are far too many big fights ending controversially of late, and for the sake of the sport, it needs the best referee in the world in there as its third man.