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‘Big’ John McCarthy Responds To Daniel Cormier’s Post-UFC 214 Apology

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30: Referee John McCarthy looks on during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Not surprisingly, ‘Big’ John McCarthy harbours no ill will toward Daniel Cormier for the now former UFC light-heavyweight champion’s post-fight actions at UFC 214 on Saturday night in Anaheim, California.

After he was brutally KO’d by bitter rival Jon Jones, a distressed and confused Cormier argued with the veteran official and ripped his hand away from McCarthy during the announcement of the official result . On Sunday, however, ‘D.C’ felt the need to apologise and he did so in an Instagram post which also offered words of congratulations for Jones, as well as a message of thanks to his fans for their support at this tough time.

“To Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you,” wrote Cormier. “I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason.”

McCarthy, undoubtedly understanding both the disorientating effect of concussions and the emotional impact of the defeat, didn’t feel as though an apology was necessary.

“[You] have nothing to apologize for,” wrote McCarthy on Twitter. “You have been an incredible champion who has represented the sport of MMA with class & dignity.”

“You also fought a great fight against an incredible competitor,” added the ref in a follow-up tweet. “It was an honor being in the cage with 2 of the greatest.”

McCarthy, who has been working as an MMA referee since UFC 2 all the way back in 1994, certainly is one of the best in the business and he did, as the fighter acknowledged, give Cormier every chance to recover from the effects of a third-round head kick. He may also have allowed Cormier to take a few extra and perhaps unnecessary head-shots in the process, but in a championship fight of this magnitude it’s very difficult to find that perfect moment. A split second either side of the sweet spot and you are going to come in for criticism from some quarter.

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