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Big John McCarthy Set To Retire? Plans To Make Big Announcement Friday

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“Big” John McCarthy, a legendary mixed-martial-arts referee who made his octagon debut at UFC 2, has scheduled a media conference call for Friday to make a big announcement. ( has been told by multiple sources that the legendary referee may be announcing his retirement as an MMA referee, though the news could not be confirmed.

McCarthy, who’s also been a Los Angeles police officer since 1985, is withholding comment until Friday’s announcement.

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