Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee

Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee

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Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee by "Big" John McCarthy


An intimate profile of the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) referee, this first full-length autobiography of pop culture icon “Big” John McCarthy details every aspect of his life—from his strong-handed Los Angeles upbringing to his involvement in the naming of the sport, his role in its regulation, and MMA’s rise in stature. The narrative follows “Big” John through his 22-year career as a Los Angeles police officer, where he taught recruits arrest and control procedures as well as survival tactics, then his 15-year career as MMA’s premier official in the chain-linked cage. A fixture of the sport, “Big” John started refereeing at UFC 2 in 1994 when MMA was in its infancy and went on to officiate at every major UFC event but two until 2007. Following a one-year hiatus as a color commentator and on-camera analyst for MMA and boxing events, he returned to MMA refereeing in 2008. In his own words, "Big" John relates his insider’s perspective from the midst of many of the sport’s greatest moments—from Tito Ortiz–Ken Shamrock I at UFC 40 in 2002 to Randy Couture–Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March of 2007—along with his account of the birth of the sport in America, its evolution, and MMA’s ongoing struggles for acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605421414
Publisher: Medallion Media Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 825,744
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

"Big" John McCarthy served as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 22 years and is the world's preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) referee. McCarthy has officiated over 1,500 bouts worldwide since his debut at UFC 2 in 1994 and is one of the original authors of the sport's rules and regulations in the United States. 

Loretta Hunt is a journalist who has penned more than 3,000 articles on all aspects of mixed martial arts since 2001. She has written for ESPN.com, SI.com, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the coauthor of the New York Times best seller Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage, the memoir of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. 

Bas Rutten is a former MMA fighter known as El Guapo, an actor, an author, and a TV commentator. He is a former UFC heavyweight champion, the weekly cohost of HDNet’s Inside MMA, and the author of Bas Rutten’s Big Book of Combat, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so insightful in the back stage going-ons in the mma world. The stories were great and made me go back and watch the early ufc events. It is amazing what a role he played in the early ufc events and the role he played in them. He was way more than a referee. You will definately enjoy this book from front to back.
Tuvok More than 1 year ago
This is a good history of MMA and a good personal history of John McCarthy, intertwined and inseparable. Both are fascinating. The honesty and openness of John's style are very appealing, and I found it difficult to put the book down between readings. If you're interested in the sport you'll appreciate all the history and information in the book. If you're interested in people, you'll find John a fascinating a character study. If you like both the sport and people, you'll love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like MMA this is a must read. Big John McCarthy has been there since UFC1 until today and tells the story of the start of a new sport. The old question of which fight style is the best, would a wrestler beat a boxer, sumo wrestler vs karate etc. The new sport sprung from this old question and today we have the exciting sport of MMA. However brutal, so the referees role is crusial to protect the fighters and McCarthy makes a great job of explaining how this is done! The inside to the world of MMA is also interesting to learn and reading it you can't be but facinated by the fact that it actually took of to the level it has. John being a family man working ctogether with his wife and taking care of their children but also a police officer in LA during the Rodney King riots makes for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I would not consider myself a fan of UFC, cagefighting, etc. AND - I loved this book! Great history into a "new" sport, and of the inseparable histories of McCarthy and said sport. This book provoked me to look into BJJ, however, and I am looking forward to my first class!
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I did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have respected big john for a long time as a stellar referee in mma. This book was a great look into his past and the history of mma. I found his role in the police life fqscinating as well. I reccomend this book to anyone that enjoys mma as a sport and a social movement. Combat sports will be a significant force in the future and it was cool to read the rise of this sport from the third man in the ring.
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Such a great read, good insight into UFC history, and Big John tells about his childhood and life up to present day time and does such a good job with it, Big John McCarthy is the man! A must read!!!!!
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I play basketball. Used to play softball.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Baseball and soccer and football
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No ones there :(
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Bleh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*sings along*
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*I break dance*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*starts to cry and runs away*
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Im ther
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Im back that means im host again goes to dj both strobe lights and im taken requests ppl