Veteran Referee Calls Out the UFC for Using ‘Fake Stats’ to Promote Khamzat Chimaev

Published 09/21/2020, 6:00 AM EDT


Khamzat Chimaev has been the talk of the town ever since his UFC debut in July this year. The undefeated Swedish MMA prospect made another statement on Saturday night.

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Chimaev’s two wins in the UFC have been extremely grappling based. However, on Saturday, Khamzat Chimaev proved that he has more to his game than ‘just wrestling.’

‘Fake UFC Stats’ does not impress John McCarthy

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A 17-second KO over Gerald Meerschaert won Khamzat a lot of fans. In the process, he set a record for the least time taken (66 days) to amass 3 wins in the UFC. This, however, did not sit well with ‘Big’ John McCarthy, who voiced his opinion on his podcast ‘Weighing In.’

McCarthy said, “The only bad thing in this is the UFC is trying to push him and I don’t blame them. He’s a stud. This guy is a stud. But the first thing they say is if he wins this, he’s the first one to win 3 fights the fastest. I’m like come on man! You’ve got better stats to come up with than fake stats.”

‘Big’ John then said, “There used to be tournaments okay. People can say whatever they want. About old guys, new guys, modern era, pioneer thing. Look, UFC was set up on guys who were fighting 3 fights a night. Then 4 fights, then it all went back to three fights for a long time.

WATCH: Khamzat Chimaev viciously knocks out Gerald Meerschaert 

“Then two fights a night. I just look and go. Why are you trying to come up with bulls**t stats that mean nothing? They don’t mean anything. They don’t mean anything. You are the UFC, this is your history. Your history is guys who used to fight three times a night.” 

John McCarthy questions the UFC

‘Big John’ is undeniably one of the best referees to have ever officiated in the UFC. He has been with the promotion since its early days and has been a part of the growth since its inception.

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Following UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs Covington, McCarthy took to Twitter to call out the UFC for forgetting legends like Royce Gracie, who won multiple fights in one night. 

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What do you think of John McCarthy’s call out? 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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