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Report: “Big” John McCarthy To Retire on Saturday

Legendary MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy will reportedly be retiring this Saturday after he officiates the main event bout at The Ultimate Fighter 6 between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida according to report by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports:

The best known referee in mixed martial arts will step down after Saturday’s UFC card at the Palms Hotel.

“Big” John McCarthy, who has been a referee since UFC 2 in 1994, will work the main event of The Ultimate Fighter finale on Saturday between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida and then announce his retirement.

Yesterday a media advisory was issued by The Fight Network announcing that McCarthy would be joining the network as an analyst.

As a referee McCarthy has officiated more than 500 individual fights and has refereed on nearly every, single UFC card since UFC 1 in 1993. will be part of a press conference tomorrow afternoon where McCarthy is expected to formally announce his retirement. Stay tuned for additional coverage tomorrow immediately following the conclusion of the press conference.

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