Famed mixed martial arts referee "Big" John McCarthy will return to the UFC's octagon for the first time since 2007 when he oversees action during the upcoming UFC on Versus 2 show.
McCarthy's wife Elaine confirmed to MMA Fighting that he has been assigned by the California State Athletic Commission to officiate matches at the event, which takes place on Sunday at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif.
Elaine McCarthy said he does not yet know what specific fights he will handle during the evening, and that he would not be providing any comments or interviews about his return prior to the event.
McCarthy first refereed at UFC 2 in 1994 and quickly became well known as one of the top third men in the sport. A longtime police officer in the Los Angeles police department, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder cut an imposing figure in the cage, and was often much larger than the men he was in charge of.
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