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18 Questions For John McCarthy (Part 1)

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In part one of this exclusive interview, the most famous referee in mixed martial arts, Big John McCarthy, discusses the state of MMA officiating and the subjectivity of “intelligent defense.” McCarthy also addresses whether he has been critical of the UFC or of Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

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Part 2 should be up tomorrow.

Post #1   3/19/09 10:34:30AM   

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I would love to see John as a judge. I feel (IMO) that he is one of the most stand-up guys and one of the most honest. I will be interested in seeing the rest of the interview.

Post #2   3/19/09 1:48:58PM   

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Intelligent defense, on the other hand, is if you look at someone who does get hit and goes backwards and their feet come up and their hands are out, they’re in a position to intelligently defend themselves. Are they going to? I can’t say that. But at least they’re in a position to do it. And they’re trying to show that, “I know I’ve got to do something.” And as the punch comes, they’re in a position to at least deal with it. If they don’t deal with it well, then we might have to stop it with the next punch.


all ref's need to read this... over, and over, and over.

This is the answer to early and late stoppages.

Post #3   3/19/09 4:59:38PM   

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that was an interesting read, especially the part about him at UFC 2 and coming up with the "if you cannot intelligently defend yourself im stoppping the fight"

Post #4   3/19/09 7:05:02PM   

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I have the perfect solution. Let Big John ref and judge every fight. I am down with that!

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Part 2 is now up:

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Post #6   3/20/09 8:55:11AM