UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier says Jon Jones will just have to “nut up” on July 9th despite his protests against John McCarthy.
Last week, the Nevada athletic commission named “Big” John McCarthy as the referee for the main event of UFC 200, the anticipated rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. This assignment was given despite protests from Jones’s camp. Jones then doubled down on his objections yesterday afternoon saying , “I would prefer any other referee but him.”
Recently, on the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Matt Serra and Jim Norton, Cormier also spoke about Jones’s protests of McCarthy and his opinion on the third man in the cage for their fight.
“I think John McCarthy is a guy that is a great referee. He’s a guy that he’s kind of in the fight. You feel like there’s a third guy. Herb will get out of the way. In some instances you need a ref that will just stay out of the way, he’s just there to protect you. But John does interject himself into the fight some with the open hands and certain things that Jones kind of does consistently. So I guess that may be where his complaints come from but I’m not exactly sure.”
McCarthy is the longest tenured referee in MMA, having started working for the UFC at UFC 2, and has refereed three of Jones’s bouts: against Alexander Gustafsson, Vitor Belfort, and Lyoto Machida. Jones has refused to elucidate what his exact issue with McCarthy is only saying that the “energy” between them is off and hoping McCarthy will choose to step down as the referee for the bout.
Cormier is not without his own referee issues. In the lead up to their intended fight at UFC 197, Cormier filed an official complaint seeking to ….View full article
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