The worst kept secret in combat sports was officially announced earlier today. “Big” John McCarthy, the world’s most recognized mixed martial arts referee, is joining The Fight Network as an on-air personality and strategic advisor.
McCarthy is hanging up his legendary black outfit after 14 years of overseeing MMA matches across the world – most notably for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“As I enter a new chapter in my life, I look forward to demonstrating my love and passion for the MMA world in my new role at The Fight Network,” said McCarthy. “It’s a perfect fit for me and I can’t wait to get started.”
When his career inside the cage is complete, McCarthy will have worked in 535 bouts and 100 championship fights dating back to UFC 2 on March 11, 1994 in Denver, Colorado.
The retired 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department had been working as a part-time analyst for The Fight Network on their “After The Bell” MMA recap shows but will now join the network full-time. His first official on-air duty will come next Friday night alongisde Mauro Ranallo as an analyst on The Fight Network’s coverage of TKO 31: Young Guns from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
“Big John has become a preeminent personality in the game,” said George Burger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Fight Network, “and his presence and depth of knowledge will take our industry leading coverage of the sport to a new level, to everyone’s benefit. It is great to have him on the team.”
Fans will have one last chance to hear McCarthy scream his patented “let’s get it on” tomorrow night at “The Ultimate Fighter Finale” on Spike TV (9 PM/ET).