John McCarthy to Josh Neer: ‘It’s Not My Job; It’s Your Job to Get Up’ (Video)

October 20, 2014
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There’s been a heated debate about the referee’s role in standing up a fight on its feet after it spent a period of time on the ground. Folks have been on opposite sides of the spectrum, from the people that get tired of seeing guys grapple on the ground to the folks who are of advocates the get-back-to-your-feet-yourself movement, there has always been a conversation about it.

Referee “Big” John McCarthy is clearly of the latter group.

Last Friday at Bellator 129, Josh Neer lost a unanimous decision to Paul Bradley, in a bout that saw Bradley keep top control a majority of the contest and Neer struggling to get back to his feet. When Bradley was about to be announced the winner, Neer was clearly upset with McCarthy, who officiated the bout, for not standing the fighters up. McCarthy’s response was priceless: “It’s not my job; it’s your job to get up. Nope, it’s not kickboxing.”

Check out the video.


Here’s the video of John McCarthy telling Josh Neer “It’s not my job. It’s your job to get up.”

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  • TerminalVoid

    Love that guy, he referees major fights and yet a nobody questions his ruling?

  • CBPrinter

    I’m not a fan of fights being only on the ground but if Big John ain’t standing you up, he sees work happening. Watched him stand plenty of fights back up. Dude’s one of the best refs in the game. Neer’s just sore.

  • Joey Muñoz

    WAR BJM!

  • SDA

    As long as the guy on top is either landing GnP or advancing his position, it’s not Big John’s (or any refs) job to stand them up, but if the guy on top is stalling and not fighting, it is his job. In this fight, though, he was right. You can’t just lay on the ground and expect the ref to stand you up, you have to halt your opponent’s momentum enough to force him to stand you up, or stand up yourself.

  • Outclass

    “Its not kickboxing”