MMA’s first referee Big John McCarthy won’t be working in the state of Nevada any time soon, and according to McCarthy it has everything to do with Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Executive Director Keith Kizer. In a recent interview, McCarthy discussed why he won’t even consider working with the state of Nevada while Kizer is in charge.
McCarthy told MMAFighting:
“There comes a point where someone lies so much that you get tired of hearing things that come out. The truth is, Kieth Kizer is a person that does not know combative sports. He’s never been part of them. He’s never done them. He puts people [in positions] at times that maybe shouldn’t be put. You tell me why C.J. Ross said the Floyd Mayweather fight was a draw. Did you watch it? My god, I had it 11-1. It wasn’t even close. So if you’re doing that, you keep putting those same people back, you don’t care about the fighters. You don’t care about them as athletes, you don’t care about their livelihood. And you know what? You shouldn’t be in that job. And if someone doesn’t like what I said, too bad.”
“They sit there and that person’s the one that picks their referees, the one that picks their judges, and they’ve had some problems. Well, that’s Keith Kizer’s problem. I don’t work for Kieth Kizer. I would work for an athletic commission; love to work for them. I would never work for Keith Kizer. Never. If he’s in charge, if he’s the executive director, I want nothing to do with it.”
“We have an unbelievable sport. You take a look at that fight on Saturday night, two guys who weighed in at 205, they’re probably 225, 230, going that hard, that long, with that much skill level involved, that much heart — what more can you ask from a sport? That’s art. To me, that’s beautiful. And we’ve got to always be working to make it better for the next generation coming up.
“I think there comes a point where things become very personal for people, and their reason for doing them is sometimes to say, ‘I have power. You don’t. Let me show you what I’ll do.’ That’s their choice. But in the end, usually it’ll catch up to them. And I think maybe now it’s catching up to them.”
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