Posts Tagged ‘Big John McCarthy’

Chael Sonnen Seminar

UFC on Fox 2 Event Listing

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Chael Sonnen SeminarUFC will be getting ready to come to Chicago this weekend for UFC on Fox 2 headlined by Rashad Evans versus Phil Davis. However, that is not the only opportunity fans have to meet and talk to fighters. Below is the most comprehensive schedule of events that we can find anywhere.


Tuesday January 24
Chael Sonnen Mini Seminar and Autograph Signing
Chael Sonnen will be doing a mini seminar and autograph signing at Clay Guida’s MMA Stop Fitness in Crest Hill. The autograph signing is limited to only those who partake in the seminar and space is limited. The seminar will start at 6:30 and end no later than 8:30 due to Sonnen’s busy time schedule. For more information call 815.838.8700

Thursday January 26
UFC Press Conference
The standard pre-fight press conference is available to the general public and takes place at Chicago City Center in the Great Room 1. Scheduled to appear at the press conference are UFC fighters Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Demian Maia, Chris Weidman, Mike Russow, John Olav-Einemo as well as UFC President Dana White. The press conference starts at 1pm.

Arianny Celeste Calendar Signing
UFC ring card girl Arianny Celeste will be at the Four Lakes Lodge in Lisle on Thursday night from 9-11pm. She will be there promoting her new calendar, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. The event will also feature Fight Chix apparel.

Friday January 27
UFC Weigh-Ins
The weigh-ins for UFC on Fox 2 are scheduled to start at 4pm. However, UFC Fight Club members will have access to a Q&A session with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz from 2-3pm. Weigh-ins will take place at the Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago.

Joe Rogan in Concert
Like many UFC events, Joe Rogan likes to perform his stand up comedy the night of the weigh-ins and this time is no different. Rogan will be performing at the Chicago Theatre, the same location that the weigh-ins will be taking place.

Big John McCarthy Referee Training
Big John McCarthy will be holding a three day seminar at Emerald Smoke MMA for those wanting to become certified referees and judges. The seminar costs $425 and students must earn a 90% or better on all three tests to become certified. More information can be found at

Urijah Faber Seminar and Autograph Signing
Urijah Faber will be heading over to Clay Guida’s MMA Stop Fitness in Crest Hill on Friday from 6-7:30pm. Space is limited and for more information call 815.838.8700

Party with Arianny Celeste
Arianny isn’t done yet with Chicago as she is going to be heading over to Proof Nightclub on Friday night. Arianny will be doing a one hour meet-and-greet with VIP’s only. The doors to the club open at 10pm and the party goes until 4am.

Tracy Lee BDay Party
Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle will be hosting her own birthday party on Friday at Spybar.  All you need to do is say her name at the door to get in.

Saturaday January 28
Brian Ebersole Autograph Signing
Brian Ebersole, known for his “hairrow” will be doing a public autograph signing before the fights begin. The appearance takes place starting at 12noon at Westend Bar & Grill. There will be free autograph postcards and 8X10’s can be purchased for $5.

Official Headrush Afterparty
Official Headrush Afterparty hosted by Chris Camozzi, Joey Beltran and Evan Dunham at Lumen after the fights. No cover before 11pm with password Headrush. Lumen is located at 839 W. Fulton Market.

Clay Guida Afterparty
Clay Guida will be hosting an after party at Proof Nightclub after the fights.  Guida will be on hand through out the night.  For more information contact Proof Nightclub located at 1045 Rush Street.

Sunday January 29
Dean Lister No-Gi Seminar
Dean Lister will be holding a no-gi seminar at New Breed Training Center from 11am-1pm.  Cost is $50.  For more information call 847.674.3577

Book Review: Let’s Get It On by Big John McCarthy

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Big John McCarthy Let's Get It On! Book Cover

Big John McCarthy Let’s Get It On! Book Cover

When it comes to the sport of mixed martial arts, many people don’t realize how long of a road it has been to get to where we are today. The first UFC event took place on November 12, 1993 and was deemed a huge success at the time. It also was vastly different from what the sport is today.

Let’s Get It On by Big John McCarthy details the entire journey of his involvement with the sport. But it does more than just that. It starts with his childhood and a focus on who he is and evolves into his decisions and actions through out his life.

Many fans would question why a book from the most widely recognized mixed martial arts referee needs to have such a massive focus on his life before he became a referee, but it is the lessons that he learned that forged what he was able to do for the sport.

It became apparent early on that McCarthy was destined to inspire, encourage, and educate others in whatever field he was going to go into. Working tirelessly as a member of the LAPD in several departments, McCarthy moved from department to department taking the most of what he learned from each into the next area.

And while many will find the stories of his time busting gang members or a first hand account of the LA riots intriguing, it is when he starts to detail the history of the UFC that he really shines.

Many people think of the Gracie family as the founders of the UFC. And that is a true statement. The UFC was founded to highlight the Gracie jiu jitsu and how it was the superior form of martial arts.

But it was McCarthy’s quest to further the sport that most fans do not realize. McCarthy was the major factor in determining what are now the “unified rules” of mixed martial arts. After each event he would realize that some things had to change for the betterment of the promotion.

He was there when the UFC held it’s first fight under a regulatory body back at UFC 15; a fact that many people don’t realize. He was working with glove manufactures to ensure that the gloves did what they were supposed to do and would make offer suggested changes as needed.

McCarthy with out a doubt is the largest influence on the sport as we know it today.

What was extremely interesting however was not the journey that the UFC took, rather how McCarthy’s journey with the UFC has shaped his beliefs. Consistently through out the book he mentions his wife or his kids and something he either did for them or missed of theirs.

It wasn’t until he retired from being a referee that he realized how much of what he had done or not done was for the things he loved. But it all came full circle when he stated, “But more than any affirmations I could get from any fighter, more than any rules I wrote or any historic bouts I got to officiate, the greatest accomplishment in my life is my family.”

Underneath the history of the UFC is a fantastic sub-story of how McCarthy has grown as a man. How he has realized what is important to him and what isn’t. He has seen some of the greatest fights in mixed martial arts history, he has had significant changes enacted, all while always thinking about his family.

There are few books that will take you on such a fantastic journey from start to finish, but this is one of them. Let’s Get It On by Big John McCarthy is with out a doubt one of the best books to ever capture the spirit and the mentality of the sport.