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"Big" John McCarthy takes refs to school

Updated: July 1, 2009, 5:48 PM ET
By Jake Rossen

Per the Vancouver Sun, veteran MMA referee "Big" John McCarthy is in Canada this week to offer a three-day certification course for ring officials.

While Alberta may need its share of competent referees, the States aren't exactly in fighting shape, either: the intermediary of Saturday's Pedro Rizzo/Gilbert Yvel bout dimly watched Yvel crack a sleeping Rizzo flush in the face multiple times before stepping in. I consider this sport's safety record to be beyond reproach -- nothing ...

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