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Big John will get it on this Saturday

The head of the California State Athletic Commission has confirmed that Big John McCarthy will be the one reffing the Dos Santos / Velasquez title fight this Saturday on FOX:

“It’s 99 percent still. There’s always that last minute thing that could always change something. Obviously something could happen to John or whatever the case may be but for right now, until he steps in the cage, it’s 99 percent sure.”

Yeah, he could always slip and bang his head on a pipe a la Kevin Randleman, or come down with a case of Montezuma’s Revenge. Damn you, Tap Out Taco Shack! Damn you!!!

Depending on who you are, this is either good news or not so good news. Dana White had some empathic nightmares after watching a ref fuck the Mayweather / Ortiz fight up so badly it resulted in the fight ending on an iffy suckerpunch. But while he might rather have Herb Dean in the cage, I don’t think many people are worrying Big John will banana peel the fight.

What he might do though is stop the fight early. I’m as big of a Big John McCarthy fan as you can get, but I’d be lying if I said he doesn’t get a bit trigger happy when fights hit a fever pitch. Remember the end of the Nick Diaz / Paul Daley fight? Yeah, not his finest moment. Prior history also shows that he’ll lean to the side of fighter safety more than a fan’s desire to see a difinitive end. When you’re dealing with giant monsters throwing bombs, that’s not always a good thing. Well, at least from where I’m sitting. I’m sure the person who’d actually have to eat those extra blows would appreciate the extra brain cells.

  • Mixed Martial Adam says:

    Better than the alternative.

    If “Finish Him” Yamasaki was in the cage it could result in a horrific late stoppage on network tv.

  • kvelertak says:

    where is the lowblow?

  • Oontyex says:

    if you dont like seeing knee injuries dont watch net ball, if you dont like seeing people get hit in the head and lose brain cells, dont watch fighting

    early stoppages are the pulling out of fight sports

  • Billytk says:

    FINALLY a commission does something right! BJM is the only choice here not only is he the best ref in the business (forget all the BS propaganda Dana spits about Herb since he got pissed at Big John) but he’s also a Icon and helped build the sport, he needed to be the 3rd man in the cage for the first Fox event.

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  • G Funk says:

    Eating punches doesn’t kill brain cells. Eating semen does.

  • Mixed Martial Adam says:

    ^^don’t let my wife know that. I keep telling her it’s good for her skin

  • Letibleu says:

    G, sorry to hear that :( The bright side of it is now it will take less for you to be happy in life!

  • iamphoenix says:

    if the killers on CSI ate their semen instead of leaving it on the victims they would be free men and women.

  • G Funk says:

    Leti is so funny. Ina French-Canadian sorta way.

  • Predator8u says:

    thanks for the criticism of BJM. people talk let hes infallible. but I disargee with a number of his stoppages. 

    So it just good to hear some truth. but he is still top 3 fo sho