Big John McCarthy has been with the UFC since it's inception back in 1993. He is by far the organizations most popular referee and usually officiates it's biggest fights. Ben Ziedler of *********** recently caught up with Big John to get his take on a variety of topics:Link
I always like to hear what Big John has to say about other fighters. He is the closest one to the fight.
Big John is not only the premier referee in the game, but he's one of the best minds in MMA today. He has been there since the beginning, and he's the only guy that can claim that. Everybody else (except for Ken Shamrock, of course) from the early days is gone. So Big John is our only link to the past.
I loved it in the early days when he officiated every match. Guys were able to get used to him, and know that he wasn't going to stand you unless the guy was just laying on you. I mean, look at that Shamrock/Gracie match from UFC 5.