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Kevin Iole lets Big John’s cat out of the bag

Oh Kevin, you so crazy. I’m not going to pretend I wouldn’t post news of John McCarthy’s retirement if I had proof it was going to happen. But I’d at least have the decency to frame the information around the fact that John McCarthy was having a press conference on Friday to make a formal announcement regarding the subject.

Of course, this means you can probably expect a few choice words from the veteran ref regarding the UFC and the way it treats people. You might even find out that John isn’t retiring from reffing, but rather from reffing for the UFC. Well, you would if you checked out Big John’s press conference. But hey, who needs to do that now that Kevin Iole has broken the story and you know everything you need to know about it???

It’s a bit premature to say for sure that there’s some fishy shit going on behind the scenes here … but OMG the only thing fishier than this would be Salmon vs Fisher for the undisputed fish-related name title.

  • Wu Tang

    So no tuna? I think Bill Parcells (the Tuna), would win, even though its just a nick for him, not a true fish related last name… Speaking of fish, i think Kev’s clam is smelling foul, ill assume that no one would eat his clam, let alone open it…. Awww, a balding shitty journalists’ clam, you know you want it :P.

  • Accomando

    “…the only thing fishier than this would be Salmon vs Fisher for the undisputed fish-related name title…”


    This is flippin’ awesome, they need to make this fight happen!!!

    Early prediction, the Fisher always grabs the Salmon by the gills.

  • JiuJitsu365

    Before this even became an issue I was wondering what was going on with the new set of refs in UFC 78. Did they ask for higher salaries and were rebuffed?

    The refs are just as much apart of the show as everyone else. What am I going to do if I can’t poke fun at Steve Mazzagatti’s mustache or get upset because everyone is always giving Herb Dean a bad rap?

  • fightlinker

    Generally refs are assigned by the athletic commissions. HOWEVER, the UFC usually puts forward and has it’s ‘own refs’ (aka properly trained and licensed refs that are on UFC payroll) assigned to cover shows wherever they go. NJ said no because they’re pretty snobby about being “all that” when it comes to being an athletic commission.

  • Matt (tapout name shitstain)

    I thnk dick sucker Kevin Iole should retire from life.

  • Xavier

    He doesn’t have the ability not to ref for the UFC, if he doesn’t retire and continues to ref in Nevada then he WILL be assigned to the UFC sometimes.

    The UFC used to have refs under contract (BJM used to be UFC exclusive prior to regulation) but that hasn’t been the case for quite a while now.

  • Matt (tapout name shitstain)

    Maybe he’s not retiring, he’s RESIGNING

  • Fred

    Who cares? I like BJM, but the show will go on without him. I really hope he is just retiring (or has some other announcement) rather than being disgruntled or offended by the UFC. It won’t hold any water.

  • fightlinker

    i dunno … when EVERYONE is saying “Yeah, the UFC are kinda bastards” maybe it’s time to admit … they’re bastards.

  • Dru Down


    I’ll wait for the presser to find out BJM’s motivations. Still, pretty shitty of Iole to scoop a story like this. He strikes me as not really caring about the information he puts out, just so long as he breaks the story. He’s like the guy that posts “First” on a blog, without even reading the content.

  • Xavier

    Journalists break stories? Oh nos.


  • fightlinker

    My big ish is not that he poached it but HOW he’s poached it. It’s like how he’ll write all these articles about Wanderlei Silva but not bother to try and get any feedback from Silva. Or when he did all that shit about Couture but didn’t bother to check his numbers with Couture’s people. Sure, Iole claims Randy won’t take his calls, but that was only after … like the 4th or 5th biased article against Couture was printed?

    Now he’s taking a story about Big John calling a press conference to announce his retirement and just saying “He’s retiring” and not mentioning the fact that there’s anything more or a conference or anything. Hey, it’s his perogative. But i still think it’s shitty reporting. Selective inclusion is a great way to fuck with people’s perceptions of reality and a huge part of why news and information is so fucked up nowadays.

  • Accomando

    The funny thing about Iole is, is that Boxing people hate him too.

    The Boxing community views Iole as a complete MMA sellout, kinda like how the linker views Caplan as just a sellout in general.

  • fightlinker

    I would like to point out that I view Sam as more of a shill than a sellout as to be a sell out you need to have integrity to sell in the first place.

    Zing – zang – zong. Take that, biatch

  • Xavier

    My only issue with the Iole hate you guys have is that there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on. If one is going to hate on Iole, they should also be spending an equal amount of time hating on Caplin, anyone else that writes for Pro-Elite, the MMAJunkie assholes for getting free tickets to the Playboy show and then covering it as though they’re objective (Hey, be negative and guess who doesn’t get free tickets and airfare in the future!) and every other compromised so-called “journalist.”

    And yeah, you’re 100% right that Iole should have mentioned the McCarthy press conference. That is pretty cold not to.

  • fightlinker

    Oh don’t be silly, we make fun of everyone.

  • Higgz

    The title of this post has homo-erotic inuendo written all over it.

  • marshal

    I’ll still read when FL is #1 shill.