Guess who’s coming back to the UFC? Even if it’s only for this one event, referee “Big” John McCarthy will return to the UFC’s Octagon to do what he does best this Sunday evening in San Diego at UFC on Versus 2.

McCarthy’s wife Elaine confirmed to MMA Fighting that he has been assigned by the California State Athletic Commission to officiate matches at the event, which takes place on Sunday at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif.

Elaine McCarthy said he does not yet know what specific fights he will handle during the evening, and that he would not be providing any comments or interviews about his return prior to the event.

In a time when referees still continually make ridiculous officiating errors at the highest level of mixed martial arts, it’s about time a commission put politics aside and assigned the sport’s best referee to work a UFC event, no matter how at odds they might be. Kudos to the CSAC for pulling the trigger. The NSAC needs to take note.

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