Former MMA referee â€œBigâ€ John McCarthy may have retired from working in the UFC Octagon but he will be a color commentator for the July 19th â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ pay-per-view event, featuring the WAMMA heavyweight championship fight between the most lethal MMA heavyweight of all-time, Russian M1 superstar legend Fedor â€œThe Last Emperorâ€ Emelianenko (27-1), and former UFC heavyweight champion Tim â€œThe Maine-iacâ€ Sylvia (24-4), live from Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, McCarthy refereed 535 fights during his 14 years as an MMA referee, and he operates an MMA school in Valencia, California. He started refereeing in the UFCâ€™s second show in 1994 and retired this past December. An MMA ambassador all over the world, â€œBigâ€ John developed into being as much a part of the UFC as the fighters that entered the Octagon. Now, though, he is a member of Team Affliction.
â€œAffliction Banned,â€ presented by Affliction Entertainment, is so stacked with talent that it had to be separated into two live shows produced for broadcast. The nightâ€™s activities will kick off with a one-hour, free live telecast on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the United States and on The Fight Network in Canada starting at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM/ET), dubbed â€œAffliction Live.â€ Following that is â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ â€” five incredible fights on pay-per-view starting at 6 PM/PT (9 PM/ET) via iN DEMAND, TVN, Shaw Communications, Viewers Choice Canada, DirecTV, DISH Network, Bell ExpressVue and Star Choice in the United States and Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Tickets for â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ range between $50.00 and $1,000.00, and are on sale at Honda Centerâ€™s Box Office and also online at Ticketmaster.com.