MMA referee 'Big' John McCarthy slams Keith Kizer, claims NSAC boss 'does not know combat sports'

Esther Lin for Strikeforce

John McCarthy had a lot to say about Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer. In a nutshell: '"The truth is, Kizer is a person who does not know combat sports.'

Sounds like "Big" John McCarthy is taking a big stand on the captain steering the ship in "Sin City."

The veteran mixed martial arts (MMA) referee had some harsh words for Keith Kizer, who is the current executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Kizer has faced harsh scrutiny for his recent defense of C.J. Ross and her insane scoring of Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez, which according to her, was a 114-114 draw.

This wasn't the first time the controversial boxing judge made a poor judgment. Ross also randomly scored Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao in favor of Bradley, while most others watching the fight saw the result in Pacquiao's favor.

Ross took an indefinite leave of absence in the days after the recent Mayweather fight due to public outrage. Nevertheless, Kizer defended her scorecard as well as her appointment, just as he did following the Bradley disaster.

McCarthy made it clear (via MMA Hour) where he stands on that decision.

"There comes a point where someone lies so much that you get tired of hearing things that come out, the truth is, Kizer is a person that does not know combative sports. He's never been part of them. He's never done them. He puts people in positions that maybe shouldn't be put in. You tell me why Ross said the Mayweather fight was a draw. Did you watch it? My god, I had it (11-1.)

It wasn't even close.

So if you're doing that, you keep putting those same people back, you don't care about the fighters. You don't care about them as athletes, you don't care about their livelihood. And you know what? You shouldn't be in that job. And if someone doesn't like what I said, too bad."

This isn't the first time the two have not seen eye to eye.

McCarthy voiced similar complaints about Kizer's questionable judging choices years ago, which then led to McCarthy's unofficial ban from refereeing events in the state of Nevada, despite McCarthy's public apology and re-submission of his application to be licensed in 2010.

At this point, McCarthy sounds like he's washed his hands of Kizer and until the current executive director is no more, he will play no role in the state.

"The truth of the matter is this: I have nothing against the Nevada State Athletic Commission. They're a great commission. I think they take too much from one person. They sit there and that person's the one that picks their referees, the one that picks their judges, and they've had some problems. Well, that's Kizer's problem. I don't work for Kizer. I would work for an athletic commission; love to work for them. I would never work for Keith Kizer. Never.

Read you loud and clear "Big" John, loud and clear.

With every passing event comes more and more outcry for better judging and refereeing, and it seems to be only a matter of time before these kinks are worked out.

We can only hope.

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