BJM: Promoters shouldn't determine title fights


MMA pioneer and legendary referee “Big” John McCarthy talks with Full Contact Fighter about why he feels a neutral sanctioning body, not promoters, should be the organization responsible for choosing the fighters who compete in championship bouts.

McCarthy also discusses the state of judging in MMA and where he feels it can be improved.

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"The biggest problem you have is right now, with promotions in MMA, everything is set off of the promotions, and promoters are in control of the belts. They're in control of the belts. So if you're a fighter within a promotion and you're really good, it doesn't matter how good you are because if that promoter doesn't want to give you that title shot, he doesn't have to. Whereas at least if it's a sanctioning body with rankings, there's a mandatory step ladder"




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Knuckle Punch site profile image  

10/29/11 10:55 PM by Knuckle Punch

Tournament of the top guys in the promotion at that time?

GladiatorGannon site profile image  

10/29/11 10:11 PM by GladiatorGannon

Great post.

CindyO site profile image  

10/29/11 9:43 PM by CindyO

 Yeah... being one of the 3 selected refs to cover the new Fox deal means he no longer refs for the UFC. LOL Cindy

CindyO site profile image  

10/29/11 9:42 PM by CindyO

Wouldn't those fighters have to be a member of the UFC in order to fight UFC opponents? Unless they ALL fight under the SAME banner your scenario doesn't spply. And if they all DID fight under the same banner wouldn't that make the UFC a monopoly in the eyes of even more who don't know the definition? Cindy P.S. How ya doin? 

MrAmericanJiuJitsu site profile image  

10/29/11 9:41 PM by MrAmericanJiuJitsu

GTFO with that shitFlorian/Aldo was a CO-MAIN EVENT!Some cards don't have any title fights and you're bitching because one had two? And if Aldo didn't fight Florian, who would you have rathered him face?136 was the best card of the year by far.

Steve4192 site profile image  

10/29/11 9:27 PM by Steve4192

Bull.The fact is, Serra and Lutter won an eight-man tournament to earn a title shot. It's the exact same idea that Bellator has built their business around. If they had the same fights and called them the 'WW grand prix' and 'MW grand prix', the UG would have been jizzing their pants over the concept. But, since it happened on TUF, everyone feels the need to shit on it.

Knuckle Punch site profile image  

10/29/11 9:06 PM by Knuckle Punch

Lol Im not mad he won ... I like Serra and good for him to take it. All I said was he won a contest against other guys who were making comebacks and he won a contest to get a shot. It wasnt like he was beating the best to work his way up. So fuck off

Alumynabjj site profile image  

10/29/11 6:34 PM by Alumynabjj

It is appreciated. Thanks!  

Domenico site profile image  

10/29/11 5:04 PM by Domenico

I couldn't care less about what BJM thinks. WAMMA anyone?I couldn't let this blatant pigeon english slide.

Alumynabjj site profile image  

10/29/11 3:46 PM by Alumynabjj

This.. and Big John should keep his mouth shut. He is an idiot.