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John McCarthy
United States
Los Angeles, California
Country

John McCarthy
"Big"

John McCarthy
AGE 60 / Oct 12, 1962
FIGHTS946
KO / TKO
337
Meter
36%
SUBMISSIONS
271
Meter
29%
DECISIONS
315
Meter
33%
DRAWS
7
Meter
1%
NO CONTESTS
15
Meter
2%
DISQUALIFICATIONS
1
Meter
0%
BIOGRAPHY
Is the first head referee for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a retired Los Angeles Police Officer, and a Tactical Self-Defense Instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy. He formerly provided commentary and analysis for The Fight Network's coverage of UFC events. He also provided commentary for Affliction: Banned, the first MMA event co-produced by Affliction Clothing and Adrenaline MMA. He has served as head referee for hundreds of bouts in major MMA promotions dating back to 1993. He is also the founder of C.O.M.M.A.N.D., the training and certification school for MMA referees and judges.
REFEREE HISTORY
Event Fighters Method R Time
UFC 219 - Cyborg vs. Holm
Dec / 30 / 2017
vs
Lightweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC 219 - Cyborg vs. Holm
Dec / 30 / 2017

win
vs
Welterweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC 219 - Cyborg vs. Holm
Dec / 30 / 2017

win
vs
Featherweight

loss
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC 219 - Cyborg vs. Holm
Dec / 30 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale
Dec / 01 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Flyweight
Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale
Dec / 01 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
Decision (Split) 3 5:00
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale
Dec / 01 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
Draw (Majority) 3 5:00
UFC 217 - Bisping vs. St. Pierre
Nov / 04 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Middleweight
Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 4:23
UFC 217 - Bisping vs. St. Pierre
Nov / 04 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Strawweight
TKO (Punches) 1 3:03
UFC 217 - Bisping vs. St. Pierre
Nov / 04 / 2017
vs
Middleweight
TKO (Punches) 2 1:23
Bellator 183 - Henderson vs. Freire
Sep / 23 / 2017
vs
Lightweight
Decision (Split) 3 5:00
UFC 215 - Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2
Sep / 09 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Bantamweight
Decision (Split) 5 5:00
UFC 215 - Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2
Sep / 09 / 2017
vs
Lightweight
KO (Punch) 3 0:49
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 8
Aug / 29 / 2017
vs
Middleweight
TKO (Punches) 2 2:47
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 8
Aug / 29 / 2017
vs
Bantamweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Bellator 182 - Koreshkov vs. Njokuani
Aug / 25 / 2017
vs
Welterweight
TKO (Punches and Elbows) 1 4:08
Bellator 182 - Koreshkov vs. Njokuani
Aug / 25 / 2017
vs
Light Heavyweight
KO (Punches) 1 3:03
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 7
Aug / 22 / 2017
vs
Bantamweight
Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 7
Aug / 22 / 2017
vs
Lightweight
KO (Punches) 1 2:59
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 Quarterfinals, Day 2
Aug / 11 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 Quarterfinals, Day 1
Aug / 10 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
KO (Head Kick) 1 1:25
UFC Fight Night 114 - Pettis vs. Moreno
Aug / 05 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00
UFC Fight Night 114 - Pettis vs. Moreno
Aug / 05 / 2017

win
vs
Middleweight
Decision (Split) 3 5:00
UFC Fight Night 114 - Pettis vs. Moreno
Aug / 05 / 2017
vs
Bantamweight

loss
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 Opening Round, Day 5
Aug / 03 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
Submission (Armbar) 1 0:40
UFC 214 - Cormier vs. Jones 2
Jul / 29 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Light Heavyweight
No Contest (Overturned by CSAC) 3 3:01
UFC 214 - Cormier vs. Jones 2
Jul / 29 / 2017
vs
Welterweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC 214 - Cormier vs. Jones 2
Jul / 29 / 2017
vs
Featherweight

loss
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC on Fox 25 - Weidman vs. Gastelum
Jul / 22 / 2017
vs
Middleweight
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 3 3:45
UFC on Fox 25 - Weidman vs. Gastelum
Jul / 22 / 2017
vs
Light Heavyweight
Decision (Split) 3 5:00
UFC on Fox 25 - Weidman vs. Gastelum
Jul / 22 / 2017
vs
Welterweight
KO (Punch) 2 1:50
UFC on Fox 25 - Weidman vs. Gastelum
Jul / 22 / 2017
vs
Heavyweight

loss
TKO (Punches) 1 2:51
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 2
Jul / 18 / 2017

win
vs
Light Heavyweight
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1 3:10
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 2
Jul / 18 / 2017

win
vs
Featherweight
KO (Head Kick and Punches) 2 1:35
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 1
Jul / 11 / 2017
vs
Featherweight
No Contest (Overturned by NSAC) 1 2:59
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 1
Jul / 11 / 2017
vs
Heavyweight
KO (Punch) 2 3:04
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series - Season 1, Episode 1
Jul / 11 / 2017
vs
Middleweight
Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1 4:55
UFC 213 - Romero vs. Whittaker
Jul / 08 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Middleweight

loss
Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00
UFC 213 - Romero vs. Whittaker
Jul / 08 / 2017
vs
Heavyweight
Submission (Neck Crank) 2 3:44
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale
Jul / 07 / 2017
vs
Lightweight
TKO (Punches and Knees) 2 4:48
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale
Jul / 07 / 2017
vs
Light Heavyweight
TKO (Elbows) 3 2:08
UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale
Jul / 07 / 2017
vs
Light Heavyweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Bellator 180 - Sonnen vs. Silva
Jun / 24 / 2017
vs
Light Heavyweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Bellator 180 - Sonnen vs. Silva
Jun / 24 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Welterweight
Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00
Bellator 180 - Sonnen vs. Silva
Jun / 24 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
TKO (Punches) 3 4:47
Bellator 180 - Sonnen vs. Silva
Jun / 24 / 2017

win
vs
Catchweight
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 3 3:48
ACB 62 - Stepanyan vs. Cruz
Jun / 17 / 2017
vs
Featherweight
TKO (Punches) 1 3:29
UFC 212 - Aldo vs. Holloway
Jun / 03 / 2017
TITLE FIGHT vs
Featherweight

loss
TKO (Punches) 3 4:13
UFC 212 - Aldo vs. Holloway
Jun / 03 / 2017
vs
Middleweight
TKO (Punches) 2 1:06
UFC 212 - Aldo vs. Holloway
Jun / 03 / 2017
vs
Middleweight
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 3:49
PFC - Prestige Fighting Championship 8
May / 12 / 2017
vs
Welterweight
KO (Punch) 1 1:03
UFC Fight Night 108 - Swanson vs. Lobov
Apr / 22 / 2017
vs
Lightweight
KO (Punches) 1 1:38
UFC Fight Night 108 - Swanson vs. Lobov
Apr / 22 / 2017
vs
Middleweight

loss
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
UFC Fight Night 108 - Swanson vs. Lobov
Apr / 22 / 2017
vs
Strawweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Bellator 178 - Straus vs. Pitbull 4
Apr / 21 / 2017

win
vs
Lightweight

loss
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Bellator 178 - Straus vs. Pitbull 4
Apr / 21 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Bellator 178 - Straus vs. Pitbull 4
Apr / 21 / 2017
vs
Featherweight

loss
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 4:54
Bellator 178 - Straus vs. Pitbull 4
Apr / 21 / 2017
vs
Featherweight
Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Bellator 177 - Dantas vs. Higo
Apr / 14 / 2017
vs
Bantamweight
Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Bellator 177 - Dantas vs. Higo
Apr / 14 / 2017
vs
Flyweight
TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 5:00
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