UFC.com has an article written by Thomas Gerbasi which pays tribute to the career of long time UFC referee, “Big” John McCarthy.
After the UFC didn’t make a mention of his retirement during his last bout as a referee at the Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, many fans were upset and felt the UFC were disrespecting the many years of service McCarthy had provided them. The UFC.com article however seems to suggest that is how McCarthy wanted it:
John McCarthy – who retired as an active referee following last weekend’s main event – was noticeable by being barely noticeable, making all the right moves and all the right calls, a fitting end to a 13 year journey that saw McCarthy become as much a part of the UFC as the great fighters who have graced its Octagon.
The article goes on to outline the role he has played in the organization since his appointment as referee at UFC 2 and also has a few parting words from McCarthy at the end of the article.
Sure it may only be an article on the UFC’s website and the services he’s lent to the UFC over the year’s should be honoured more in the future (induction into the Hall of Fame perhaps?) but at least the UFC isn’t just sweeping him and his legacy under the carpet because he has decided to part ways for non Zuffa related MMA programming.