'Big' John McCarthy Leaves The Fight Nework, May Return As Referee

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MMAcca
10/7/08 4:11:30PM
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.

The Fight Network started out as the vision of Mike Garrow. Mike's vision for the network was one of the reasons I decided to leave refereeing and start a new career in commentating and analytical work. Mike has an incredible energy and is always coming up with new ideas and he did a miraculous job in getting The Fight Network from a simple idea into a fully functioning cable channel that covers the sports of Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing and Professional Wrestling 24 hours a day. It is very hard for anyone not associated with something like this to understand how much really goes into 24 hours of programming. Mike, thank you for the opportunity, thank you for believing in me, you will always be a friend.

Mauro Ranallo..... Wow. I don't really think many people truly know how talented Mauro really is. First off, he loves all combative sports, and he knows them better than most people. He is incredibly smart and has a photographic memory that makes the rest of us look retarded. Most people on TV are reading everything they are saying from a teleprompter. A very handy little gadget that fits in front of the camera lens and displays the words you are suppose to say. All you really have to do is know how to read and keep things moving. Mauro does not have or use a teleprompter. Mauro looks over a complete page filled with information and then systematically runs it down like he had 2 days to memorize it in only 60 seconds. He is remarkable. He has the ability to make bad fights good, good fights great, and great fights legendary with his commentary. Mauro, thank you for helping to teach me the trade. I listened to every word even though I was not smart enough to remember it all and was not fortunate enough to work with you near as much as I would have liked.





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postman
10/7/08 4:21:07PM
No big deal I didn't get the fight network any way. Would have liked to though.
emfleek
10/7/08 4:48:30PM
Hmm...I wonder what went down?
bls1919
10/7/08 5:09:49PM
Thats pretty sudden. i hope Big John does come back, that would be the shit
Darnok
10/7/08 5:42:10PM

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..................


Sounds like he was very unhappy with the new management. Wow who wouldn't bend over backwards to have this guy work for you.
Porch28
10/7/08 6:05:51PM

Posted by bls1919

Thats pretty sudden. i hope Big John does come back, that would be the shit



It's funny what other sport do you wish a Ref would come back lol. Only in MMA
cmill21
10/7/08 6:26:21PM

Posted by Darnok


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..................


Sounds like he was very unhappy with the new management. Wow who wouldn't bend over backwards to have this guy work for you.



Yeah, no K-1 on wednesday nights. Shame on them is right.
Branwest
10/7/08 6:27:41PM
Something happened that John didn't like...I just wonder what it was....I do hope he comes back to the UFC and the above post is right, in what other sport do fans all know the ref's name and want him to return.....
Hope you come back, Big John!!
ThePlague
10/7/08 6:31:45PM
This is why it probably wasn't such a great idea to throw a few insults at Dana on his way out the door. I'm sure he can ref elsewhere, but it's never smart to burn bridges when you don't need to.
CantAndleDaRiddum
10/7/08 6:43:31PM

Posted by ThePlague

This is why it probably wasn't such a great idea to throw a few insults at Dana on his way out the door. I'm sure he can ref elsewhere, but it's never smart to burn bridges when you don't need to.



i agree & hope this is one bridge that can be mended.
xAcidburNx
10/7/08 10:08:13PM
i really liked big john on the fight network. he was really good imo. can anyone tell me what he said about dana when he left the ufc, i heard nothing about it. maybe a link perhaps?
cmill21
10/8/08 12:34:49AM

Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum


Posted by ThePlague

This is why it probably wasn't such a great idea to throw a few insults at Dana on his way out the door. I'm sure he can ref elsewhere, but it's never smart to burn bridges when you don't need to.



i agree & hope this is one bridge that can be mended.



Why UFC doesn't employ the ref's, they're employed by the comissions, if the UFC controled the refs you woulden't have seen Herb in the Affliction show.
CantAndleDaRiddum
10/8/08 12:51:30AM
im assuming that if dana didnt want big john there, he could make it happen
Beardotheweirdo
10/8/08 5:01:17AM
As a loyal fight network viewer, this sucks.

Loretta Hunt left because of the new management also. From what I understand, the guy was brought into help the network cut their expenses. They don't seem to be doing that well, although they did recently expand to the UK. I really hope they can survive, it's practically the only channel I watch.

BJM, and Hunt are two of the best minds in MMA journalism. The fight network won't be the same without them.
Beardotheweirdo
10/8/08 5:07:13AM

Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum

im assuming that if dana didnt want big john there, he could make it happen



You assumption is wrong.

Dana may own your soul, but BJM couldn't care less about him.
Rush
10/8/08 11:56:58AM

Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum

im assuming that if dana didnt want big john there, he could make it happen




The commission is bigger than Dana and they hold all the aces. If they decided to "decommission" MMA, Dana would be out of a job (at least legally).
jocka
10/8/08 1:36:48PM
I've been enjoying watching Big John on the fight network, but am happy to hear that he will be back He is the man when it comes to reffing mma
xAcidburNx
10/9/08 3:49:31PM

Posted by cmill21


Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum


Posted by ThePlague

This is why it probably wasn't such a great idea to throw a few insults at Dana on his way out the door. I'm sure he can ref elsewhere, but it's never smart to burn bridges when you don't need to.



i agree & hope this is one bridge that can be mended.



Why UFC doesn't employ the ref's, they're employed by the comissions, if the UFC controled the refs you woulden't have seen Herb in the Affliction show.



whens the last time you saw big john ref anything besides the ufc. i saw em do cage rage a long time ago but thats it
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