John McCarthy is now not going wherever following PFL’s acquisition of Bellator. Nonetheless, his function will exchange.
McCarthy, a retired archaic wrestle sports referee who helped salvage the Unified Tips of MMA, is now not going to work as a commentator for PFL or its Bellator-branded occasions. As a replace, McCarthy will most definitely be helping the commentators and broadcast team when it comes to explaining and clarifying issues to the general public from a principles and rules standpoint.
McCarthy confirmed the exchange in an interview with MMA Junkie Radio.
“I am going to be staying with the PFL because I had a contract with Bellator, and it silent has a year on it, so the PFL picked that up,” McCarthy explained. “Will my function be the the same? I don’t judge it’s going to be the the same.
“I judge it’s going to be extra in opposition to principles and rules, soring the fights and doing this stuff – making sure all people understands what’s being performed, if it’s being performed in the best design and what alternatives pause the officials have.”
“Mountainous John” McCarthy worked as a referee for a lot of years and used to be arguably essentially the most smartly-appreciated referee to work UFC occasions given his long tenure and quality work. McCarthy stepped a long way flung from refereeing and joined Bellator as a commentator in 2018, where he’s been commentating fights alongside Mauro Ranallo since.
He’s bearing in mind his contemporary function below the PFL and utterly joyful to be helping a broadcast team he respects.
“They’ve mammoth commentators with Sean (O’Connell), Randy (Couture) and Kenny (Florian) being their color guys,” McCarthy stated. “They even have Dan Hardy. So that they’re kinda staffed there, so I was esteem there’s no problem for me, but they the truth is came to me and stated, ‘Hello, we have gigantic tips.’ So factual now I accumulate to follow the PFL.
“I search for at it: It’s the PFL, they absorbed Bellator and sure, there’s silent a Bellator, and they also just appropriate announced Bellator vs. PFL in Saudi Arabia. It’s card and I will’t wait to search out it attain to fruition.”