December 12th 2015 will surely go down as the worst night in Jose Aldo’s career…
After a left hook from Conor McGregor sent Jose Aldo into a state of unconsciousness just 13 seconds into the main event of UFC 194, referee John McCarthy had to react quickly in order to stop the Irishman from raining hammer fists down on the unconscious Aldo.
However, in his enthusiasm to drive Conor away from the downed Brazilian, Big John seemingly forgot to take note of his own massive physique as he appeared to land a crunching knee on Jose Aldo’s face as he pushed the Notorious Irishman away.
Although the knee wasn’t clear, multiple angles had suggested that some contact had been made, forcing the highly respected UFC referee to respond to the incident. Asked if he actually made contact with Aldo’s face, Big John claimed that he didn’t feel anything so, if there was contact, it wasn’t of any significance.
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) December 16, 2015
However, a year after the night in question, a new angle emerged showing that Big John made some form of impression on the Brazilian as, just as he was regaining consciousness after McGregor’s KO, he was welcomed back to reality by the loving embrace of a titanic knee in the snout.
Speaking about the fight on the Let’s Get It On podcast back in 2015, McCarthy explained how confident and ‘happy to be there’ McGregor seemed to be. He also stated that, although Aldo was relaxed, it was the Irishman who wanted to be there more.
Check out the MMA referee discussing the unforgettable bout in full below.