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.