Former UFC referee “Big” John McCarthy recently dished out his thoughts on varying commission rules, boxing vs. MMA, and most notably, his no-holds-barred take on the UFC’s “anti-Affliction” programming:
“I mean, look at that fight. You got your middleweight champion (Anderson Silva), youâ€™re moving up to light-heavyweight to fight James Irvin. What good does that do for him? I mean, (UFC president) Dana (White) feels â€¦ obviously he feels there is some competition there with Affliction. He wants to try to do something to damage Affliction. Thatâ€™s why he is doing this. I look at it and itâ€™s bad for the sport, itâ€™s bad for the fans. There needs to be more than the one promotion.
The UFC is the big one on the block. I would never say anything differently until anything really comes about. But to sit there and try to shove a show in on the same date to say come watch. Itâ€™s the same thing they did with the Chuck Liddell special (on Spike TV) the same night as the (EliteXC) fights on CBS. Itâ€™s like, come on. The sport is big enough to where there can be more than one. There needs to be more than one. The UFC has what 200 fighters signed or 250 fighters? You know what, there are a whole lot more fighters than that in this world and they need jobs. So there needs to be the other promotions.”
McCarthy went on to praise Affliction’s stacked line up and encourages the masses to skip the live broadcast of Ultimate Fight Night 14:
â€œThank God, Affliction is doing what they are doing and putting together â€¦ honestly, Iâ€™m not saying it to say it, it is the best card with heavyweights that has ever been put together by any organization in, at least North America, and probably in the world ever. Youâ€™ve got three ex-UFC champions (Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett and Andre Arlovski). Youâ€™ve got the ex-PRIDE champion in Fedor (Emelianenko) and you have other guys. You have Matt Lindland, Vitor Belfort, Mike Whitehead against Renato â€˜Babaluâ€™ (Sobral). Youâ€™ve got some great fights there. Itâ€™s going to be a hell of a card. Go and watch the one live and TiVo the UFC show. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to do. I will TiVo the UFC show.â€
McCarthy pretty much said what I and I’m sure many others were already thinking about the recently announced UFN 14 show- DVR that bad boy and watch the big guns on the PPV. But you do have to wonder why Big John feels so compelled to bow down to Affliction while heavily criticizing the UFC’s decisions. Sure the UFC is being small and petty with their spontaneous Ultimate Fight Night card, but I can’t help wondering if we are simply hearing McCarthy’s unfiltered thoughts on the matter, or perhaps a bitter rant from a disgruntled former employee. Either way, I can’t really find fault with any of Big John’s arguments. While the UFN 14 broadcast happens to feature the unstoppable Anderson Silva in a 205lb debut, the show still cannot even hold a candle to the Affliction line up. Sorry Dana.