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Midnight Mania! Legendary referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy takes a stand against Power Slap: ‘No licensed Nevada official should be taking any part’

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Last Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2023), Dana White’s Power Slap debuted on TBS. Reactions have been both strong and mixed to say the least. The entire sport is widely criticized as unnecessary and unsafe, which is perhaps why the debut show retained just a third of its professional wrestling lead-in for a paltry 300,000 viewers.

There’s more MMA connection to Power Slap than Dana White and social media reactions, however. Veteran UFC referees like Jason Herzog were working the event, doing their best to ensure athlete safety throughout the chaos. “Big” John McCarthy, a longtime referee who helped pioneer MMA’s rule set and officiating, was asked his thoughts on the entire situation, and he didn’t hold back.

“The skill level is only what God allows you to withstand,” McCarthy began on Twitter. “Handing out trauma to the brain with no ability to defend against it only makes this appeal to people wanting to see a train crash and that’s what they will get.”

Furthermore, McCarthy has unique insight on how the referees are being selected. Per the current Bellator commentator, there is no certification system at all. He believes that while the MMA referees are as good as it gets from prioritizing safety, they have to take a stand against slap fighting.

“They are being used in the same way boxing officials were first ‘Grandfathered’ in when MMA started being regulated,” . “You can’t have someone certified when there is no certification. But you cannot ask for someone better than Jason, Mark or Chris as far as knowing when’s enough.

“That being said, no licensed Nevada official should be taking any part in this. They should take a stand and say ‘No I’m not doing that.’ Every man involved will have to eventually account for their decisions. Sometimes the hardest road is the right road to take.”


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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