Veteran Referee John McCarthy Critical of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC for Matching Up Kevin Lee Against Diego Sanchez

Published 12/31/2021, 12:14 PM EST


Khabib Nurmagomedov may have retired from the Octagon, but his recent ventures are keeping him close to the sport. The retired mixed martial artist has taken up coaching as his new career pathway. He is actively training new fighters while also donning the cap of a promoter with his new Eagle FC organization.

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However, a particular matchup featuring two former UFC stars has disgruntled veteran Referee John McCarthy. The promotion booked a fight between young upstart Kevin Lee against an aging veteran in Diego Sanchez.

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Dana White recently released these fighters from his roster and stated Diego might consider retirement.

John understands why Khabib Nurmagomedov booked this fight

The former UFC champion is looking to kick-start his promotion with the biggest fights possible. In a recent episode of the WEIGHING IN XTRA podcast, John shared his thoughts about the matchup and why he doesn’t like the booking.

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It is well known that Diego is not in his prime while Kevin is still very young. According to John, this fight just makes little sense, and he dubs it as a nasty fight that shouldn’t happen.

He said,” I understand what Khabib is trying to do by putting this fight together, But I look at it and I go, you know? Diego has done a ton in the sport of MMA. He’s had some great times, and he’s had some hard times. I just don’t want to see him going out with him being the guy, you know? It was kind of that way you know with his last fight in the UFC, they’re trying to use his name, get other guys over and you know get that victory against that guy who is the legend of the sport.”

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“The guy has been there forever, the guy who won the ultimate fighter 1. I don’t know, I just don’t think it is a good fight. I mean I’ll watch it, I am not saying that I won’t, I just don’t think that the match-up at this point in their careers is a fair match-up.” John added.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.

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