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Bellator announcer and former ref John McCarthy injured in lawn accident

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The long-time MMA fixture was doing some tree trimming when it kicked back on him, breaking six ribs.

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Pioneering mixed martial arts (MMA) referee and current Bellator MMA commentator “Big” John McCarthy took to social media this afternoon to disclose that he suffered numerous internal injuries (and some cuts and bruises) while doing some yard work earlier today (Sat., May 29, 2021). McCarthy posted a video of himself on the way to seek medical care.

“Well, six broken ribs and one punctured lung later, I have figured out that lumberjacks need way more respect!!!” read the caption.

“Well that looks good,” he said as he panned his camera phone to show off a bunch of cuts and bruises on his face. “I have fought myself. I [intelligible] bunch of broken ribs, that’s why I can hardly talk right now. ‘Cuz I had a tree attack me. I’m gonna go see how many ribs I broke. It’s a lot of fun! I would talk longer, but I have a hard time breathing. I’ll talk to you later, bye!”

Bad times! Props to even being able to do this much — I can’t imagine being able to do anything with multiple broken ribs, let alone live blog a tree hitting me before even getting to the doctors. McCarthy would later confirm the accident in a response to a person’s guess on what happened.

I know at least one Maniac who works in the landscaping business and maybe he’ll offer some advice in the comments section, but I can assure the curious, there’s a world of videos on Youtube if you wish to go down the rabbit hole of tree kickbacks.