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Let's Get It On!: The Making of Mma and Its Ultimate Referee

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An intimate profile of the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) referee, this first full-length autobiography of pop culture icon ?BigOCO John McCarthy details every aspect of his life?from his strong-handed Los Angeles upbringing to his involvement in the naming of the sport, his role in its regulation, and MMAOCOs rise in stature. The narrative follows ?BigOCO John through ...more
ebook, 562 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Medallion Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Brian Hemminger
Apr 04, 2016 Brian Hemminger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Big" John McCarthy has literally been there since the beginning.

From making his debut as a referee at UFC 2 in 1994 to officiating alongside his son at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg, McCarthy is one of the most important players in the early development of our beloved sport.

His autobiography, co-written with veteran MMA journalist Loretta Hunt, Let's Get It On! The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee, is a tale of not only a man's life story, but an incredible look behind the scenes of the ea
Artiom Karsiuk
I have been waiting for this book for about a year - ever since Loretta Hunt first announced that its in the works. Not because I am this huge John McCarthy fan, but because I knew that he is one of the best UFC scholars there are. I was expecting a history book on the rise of MMA in North America, but oh wait... You silly fucker FORGOT, that this is an autobiography, not a textbook. So before I reached my fun stories about what was going on behind the scenes in the UFC in the 90s, I had to endu ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're an MMA fan you'll probably enjoy this on some level. It's interesting because it's about a ref as opposed to the many fighter books we have.

Big John talks about the history of the UFC, and he goes into depth about it. He details the beginnings, the behind-the-scenes, and other things. He talks about his experiences being a ref, his faults and accomplishments. He talks about how he felt bad for some fighters and wished he would have done things differently. This is an honest book, and
Sep 21, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this using the Kindle app on my laptop during my prep period.

One of the big items on my bucket list is to serve in some capacity as either a judge or referee in MMA. It's not something that is just going to happen, I understand. And in the meantime I should probably start taking jiu-jitsu classes or something similar as a way to further my knowledge and understanding of the sport, but, similar to teaching being a way to further my passion for English, I like to think being a ref or a
Jan 08, 2013 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the Stitch Duran book, this one is mostly geared towards people who are familiar with Big John McCarthy and his work in MMA. However, this book is much more well written than Stitch's, while also being vastly more interesting in general.

This is not a knock against Stitch. He has been a fixture in combat sports for a long time. But Big John has had a bigger impact on the UFC (and by extension, MMA) in his career than Stitch has, including being one of the men to start putting rules in place
Sep 19, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big MMA fan, so this book was very interesting to me. It provide a complete account of an insider's history and the evolution of the sport, starting from the first UFC - which I watched, up to the most recent events of the UFC buying Strikeforce. It was great to go back in time and relive some of those earlier events, but from a much different perspective. John comes across as intelligent and is an extremely straight forward person who doesn't hold back. Some parts are a little embellishe ...more
Ken Taylor
Sep 03, 2015 Ken Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: combat-sports, memoir
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. "Big" John's enthusiasm and passion for MMA really comes through in the telling of his story. His "best seat in the house" for some of mixed martial arts greatest fights gives the reader a whole new perspective on these epic battles. It was pretty much just a telling of his life inside and outside the cage, but to a fight fan like myself, it was a passionate journey through the best and worst of the fighting world.
Anand Mohan
As a UFC fan, it's interesting to read his side of how the UFC evolved from its Gracie roots. However, it really offers little to anyone who isn't interested in MMA, which is surprising, because it seems he had a lot that he could have potentially said, having had to juggle both being a police officer and a UFC referee at once. I would recommend the book to anyone with any interest in the history of MMA, but tell everyone else to pass this one up.
Feb 05, 2015 dwillsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good read if you're a UFC buff
Matt Hill
a cool read for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes history of the ufc and modern mma . . not great writing or anything, and i skimmed anything that was specifically just about mccarthy's personal life, but there's no denying that he was pivotal in making the sport what it is currently . .
Frank Taranto
As a fan of MMA, I found the book interesting and informative. John McCarthy was in the UFC from the very beginning and the stories he tells about how the company, as well as about the fights are interesting. of ground, The book covers a lot of ground.
Apr 28, 2012 Joredos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting for everybody which is interested in MMA and his beginning.With a lot information from kitchen Big John was walking through UFC and his MMA carrier as judge.
Oct 05, 2011 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-biography, mma
It starts at the beginning of the UFC and tells tales I hadn't heard. Pretty good even if he can't quite get his pop culture references correct.
Cliff Riseborough
A pretty solid look at the evolution of MMA through a ref who might have actually been the first 'star' the UFC had.
Matt Coppens
Jul 25, 2012 Matt Coppens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of MMA and want an inside scoop to the earliest days of UFC this is an excellent and entertaining read.
Melanie Baker
Jan 04, 2012 Melanie Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an intellectual stretch, but some great history and background of a sport to which I was a bit of a latecomer.
Christopher Zacher
At least he is man enough to admit he burned his own bridges with the UFC trying to cash in on MMA.
Jason Howey
Jul 14, 2013 Jason Howey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-bios
loved the book. excellent. a must read if your an MMA fan
Tim Clifton
Interesting read, but definitely for the fanboys.
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