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Big John doesn’t really hate the UFC

Okay, so I was wrong about Big John McCarthy leaving the reffing business with both middle fingers raised to the UFC. I had based that assumption off the fact that he has the same ‘Hollywood’ manager as Randy, plus some rumblings on the inside about Big John’s opinion of how the UFC runs things. Big John does seem to have some negative thoughts when it comes to the UFC, but I was foolish to think he’d come out and burn bridges. That’s just not how Big John rolls!

But if you do want to know what McCarthy thinks about the UFC, you’ll be able to read all about it straight from the horse’s mouth in this interview done by MMANews. It’s a pretty wicked read from start to finish (much better than some others done by that site), and while you may not agree with all of McCarthy’s opinions, you better believe he comes off intelligent and knows what he’s talking about.

John goes over how conflict of interest kept him from reffing and working for the Fight Network, his thoughts on knees to the head on the ground, the state of MMA at the moment and why the UFC’s dominance is bad, plus a boatload of other stuff. Check it out!

  • Xavier

    “ Do you think the system boxing has could possibly help MMA?
    “Big” John McCarthy: Oh yeah.”

    Lord no. I respect McCarthy, but he’s crazy if he actually believes that nonsense.

  • S&M

    Big John Knows his shit.

  • Adam

    Xavier, in the context of co-promoting, it’s not a (completely) terrible idea. It depends on whether or not the casual MMA fan (who, honestly, makes the difference between obscene profits and living in boxes for most involved) will buy into individual fighters over an overall brand (like NBA, MLB, NFL). Right now, I don’t think the casual fan is that interested, because the casual fan still just wants to see two guys beat the shit out of each other. When casual fans start to develop more of a knowledge base about the sport, they might prefer co- or cross-promotions because they’ll be more interested in who the fighters actually ARE. Personally, I disagree with McCarthy, in that I think the boxing system opens the door for individual egos to demand massive payouts based on their drawing power (ex. Fedor in negotiation with UFC), but IF big organizations were smart enough to handle it properly, and IF the audience for MMA refused to pay through the nose for bad PPV events, then it COULD work. I doubt it, but it could.

  • hankd

    I really think BJM and Randy feel similarly about Dana…call it a hunch…

  • matt (tapout name shitstain)

    Co promotion will not work for the average sports fan doesn’t give a fuck about fedor. Ufc would copromote for floyd.

  • Xavier

    I disagree, Adam, I consider it a completely terrible idea. If the fighters become more popular than the promotions, the fighters will have the control to demand obscene amounts of money and to take a more relaxed schedule. The quality fights we see would not be as frequent, as the incentive to win (fight bonuses, moving up the ladder) will then be lessened. We’d have a lot of Riddick Bowes.

    I prefer what the UFC is trying to do, create one massive super-league akin to the NFL, NBA model.

  • Adam

    I personally prefer that too. All I’m saying is that, as a business model, it’s not doomed to failure.