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11/3/11 2:10:54PM
You can't always get what you want.

The California State Athletic Commission has earmarked "Big" John McCarthy as the referee for the main event of UFC on FOX 1, which features a heavyweight title fight between champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior Dos Santos.

It's the UFC's first event on major network television.

"The UFC has been informed that there is a 99 percent chance that John McCarthy will be in the cage for the main event," CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd today told (

UFC on FOX 1 takes place Nov. 12 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The night's main event airs live on FOX as the showpiece of a one-hour broadcast.

11/3/11 2:50:15PM
is big john more recognized by the average mma fan than Herb? if so, this could help the ufc w/ new viewers that watch Cain & JDS, possibly never seeing either fight before, & seeing a familiar face in there with them
11/3/11 3:07:35PM
Damn, I wanted mazagatti
11/3/11 3:16:04PM
McCarthy is still my favorite ref, especially in heavyweight fights
11/3/11 3:26:03PM

Posted by airkerma

Damn, I wanted mazagatti

either that or Yve Lavigne
On a serious note, I still think McCarthy and Dean are 1A and 1B in terms of best MMA Refs. I would like them to work the card together. I don't want Mazagatti or his pornstache anywhere near this event
11/3/11 5:37:33PM
As it should be... Big John has been there since the beginning and deserves this opportunity.
11/3/11 10:28:04PM
Good for Big John he was a big part of the early MMA mystique, I want to watch Cain/JDS not Herb Dean and I don't care who they throw in the cage with them.
11/3/11 11:05:31PM
I like it. Big John is a solid ref. Yves wouldn't be a bad choice either.
11/4/11 1:46:52AM
Good stuff.
But I think Herb Dean is better at reffing title fights :P
Either one of em are great for first impressions or what not.
11/4/11 9:27:26AM
Herb Dean! Best referee in the ufc
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