Being a UFC referee can be quite a well paid job, and you’d expect so too. It’s got to be quite a dangerous profession to spend your working day regulating a couple of highly trained fighters, getting ready to jump in between knockout blows to halt the action if required. Some of the most well paid referees can make over a million US dollars in a year, and they take their jobs very seriously indeed.
To a certain degree these officials have to be prepared to get hurt, or maybe even dish out some pain themselves. Among the elite of the refs in the UFC, there are at least five who could kick your ass badly if needed.
.It also helps referees to do a better job if they train in similar scenarios to fighters. There’s nothing worse than seeing a referee calling off a fight when they clearly have no idea what’s going on. As a result, we are seeing far more referees who have martial arts backgrounds working in the UFC.
Check out the top five referees who could beat the crap out of you…
Big John McCarthy
John McCarthy has been with the UFC since the early years, and has refereed some of the biggest fights of all time. His expertise are somewhat unmatched, and that’s what makes him one of the best officiators in the game.
Standing 6’4″ and weighing 260 pounds, McCarthy is a daunting figure, but it goes way further than just appearance. Big John is also a Los Angeles PD police officer, specialising in the teaching of tactical self defense known as COMMAND. He also runs a school for certifying MMA judges and referees.
He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and also runs a mixed martial arts school in California. There’s a reason nobody messes with this guy.
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