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Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee by [McCarthy, Big John, Hunt, Loretta ]
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"Great storytelling, great insight, and a great history of the UFC's rise. A subtle reminder that, much as we like the mano a mano of the sport, the third man in the arena can make all the difference." --Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated senior writer, author, Blood in the Cage "A no-nonsense, hands-on account of the blood and sweat that lifted MMA from the sports blacklist and turned it into a billion-dollar industry. McCarthy didn't just observe history--he helped make it." --Jake Rossen, ESPN.com "'Big' John has been around from the UFC's very beginnings and has experienced this sport from a perspective few will ever know." --Chuck Liddell, UFC champion and Hall of Famer "'Big' John McCarthy has long been MMA's best and most knowledgeable official. He's been in the most amazing seat from the beginning in every arena this sport has ever been in--the hot seat in the cage!" --Randy Couture, UFC Hall of Famer and six-time champion "One of the best books ever written about the sport ... Part history and part biography, both parts equally fascinating." --SBNation.com "The only thing bigger than his authoritative presence is his knowledge of the sport he helped build." - Mauro Ranallo, MMA commentator "Compelling ... Many books have been written about MMA history, but the perspective from a primary figure in the sport sets this apart from previous efforts. At 418 pages, it's a hefty word, but fans will devour his stories and breeze through this highly entertaining tome." -- Chicago Sun-Times "A testosterone-fueled, adrenaline pumping joy ride, and fans will surely be thrilled to meet the man they know so well from TV." -- Publishers Weekly

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8193 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605421413
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5EMMG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excellent book. I have always had a great a great deal of respect for John McCarthy as a referee. This book has only enhanced my opinion of him professionally and personally. Now only was John one of the first MMA referees, but after reading this book as a reader I found out how instrumental he was in making MMA and especially the UFC what it is today.

I have heard quotes form people saving that the reason John was so good at his job is because you did not notice him in the Octagon till the time he was needed. He writes the book the same way he puts emphasis on the fact that the fighter are the one doing the hard work as a referee he is in there to protect the fighters when they cannot protect themselves. Another great thing is the way he manages to humanize the fighters themselves. He talks about the emotions of different fighters before, during and after a fight. There ecstasy in victory and the crushing raw emotion of disappointment when they lose.

The book starts with John giving his family history. He starts with his grandfather, then his father and his career and innovations in the police force in terms of training and most prominently S.W.A.T. Then we get John's early family and school life, his early sporting career. For those that you don't know you might be surprised by his choice of high school sport. I know I was. Then following in his father's footsteps, to stepping out of his father shadow and carving out his own legacy on the force. During this period he vents his frustrations of the internal politics inside the police department. The difference between an office wanting to arrest the bad guys but protect and serve the public, compared to someone drunk on their own power or hungry for a promotion.
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It's UFC 140, December 2011 and Jon Jones has just successfully defended his Light Heavyweight Title against Lyoto Machida, defeating him with a standing guillotine choke that put's Machida to sleep before he can tap out, as Jones walks aways Machida drops head first to the floor of the Octagon and the first person Machida will see when he awakes is veteran referee "Big " John McCarthy who checks on him and tells him he's going to be okay. McCarthy has done this countless times on fighters who have been knocked out or put to sleep by a submission. The fact that an MMA referee has written his own Autobiography will probably have newer fans of the sport asking why? Who's this guy? With "Let's Get it On! The Making of MMA & Its Ultimate Referee" you find out that "Big" John is one of the early pioneers of the UFC and MMA in general.

The book covers John's early life as he follows in his dad's footsteps and joins the LAPD; we are given a great insight into the Los Angeles riots that happened in 1992 after four Police officers were acquitted of the beating of Rodney King. It really was open season and anything goes and McCarthy tells us the stories of being a cop on the streets during this time that included being shot at regularly. Also the worries he had for his wife Elaine who was also on the force. It was in the aftermath of these riots that McCarthy would first meet Rorion Gracie and how the original idea for the first ever UFC event came about.

McCarthy covers the first few UFC's in great detail and includes some of the original ideas such as alligators circling the Octagon! He would eventually go on to referee the second event after been turned down in his attempts to compete.
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An enjoyable, quick read providing interesting insight into the life of the world's most famous MMA referee . Big John comes across as a principled, decent guy but also one who is prepared to get stuck into a fight himself and likely an athlete who could have performed admirably in the Octagon Ring itself. He tells briefly of his early childhood and experience in the LAPD and the importance of his family unit. He describes the origins of the UFC and the significance of the Gracie family, he describes the mishaps and the evolution of the UFC from the army days to what it has become today and I now better appreciate the importance of having a knowledgeable, decisive referee. Big John comes across as candid and honest and refrains from spilling juicy gossip in favour of a straightforward, fair account of the. Ups and downs in the profession. There are also occasional philosophical gems and words of wisdom which come over as especially heartfelt considering the life he has led. Four rather than five stars for me as I felt that there was so much more that could be told about the inner goings and machine toons of the UFC and provide more detail as to his favourite fights and fighters. But I guess we will need to wait for his notebook for that.
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As a big MMA fan I was sceptical that the autobiography of an MMA referee would be worth my while but I took a chance, and I'm definitely glad I did.

Brilliant book, which is interesting from start to finish, even when talking about non MMA aspects of Big John's life, his early life growing up, his work on the police force etc.

This book has lots of great background info and reveals plenty of stuff I never knew about the UFC, from the guy who has been there since UFC 1 - including his thoughts on some fights he believes have been fixed,

Highly recommended to any MMA or UFC fan!!!
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