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Must See: ‘Big’ John McCarthy During L.A. Riots, 1992


(Props: bigraydaddy)

Most Big John fans know that the veteran UFC ref was a former LAPD officer; he joined the force in 1985, and has served as a tactical self-defense instructor since 1993. But in April/May 1992 — two years before he made his Octagon debut at UFC 2 — McCarthy was part of the police effort to control the chaos that struck Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict. Catch a glimpse of his pre-”Let’s Get It On!” life in the above video, at the 0:00-0:01 and 0:49-0:51 marks. Rug shampooers FTW.

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KTFO- September 10, 2008 at 3:19 am
See what happens when the zookeepers forget to lock the cages at night? Let that video be a lesson.
Markdog- September 9, 2008 at 8:32 pm
I stole it cuz I love MMA! HAHAHAHAHA! I think 'source:' cagepotato should be replaced with 'author,' or 'written by.' Why don't you just spread the word instead of steal shit?
FAS- September 9, 2008 at 8:20 pm
I wonder how many looters he ordered to get in his guard.
shutupandfight- September 9, 2008 at 8:04 pm
"I'll suck yo dick for a carpet shampooer!"

ok, prolly not.
Markdog- September 9, 2008 at 7:02 pm
Rug shampooers were easily worth an eight-ball back in the day. Unfortunately, now, the value may have dropped down to a teener.

You go, BG!
Trey- September 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm
I am in progress of making sure all of your post are credited. I only have this site for the love of mma. We are not a company, just me and just for the love of the sport. Sorry for not crediting you with your original content. I sent you an email and hopefully I am in compliance with you now. Sorry :(
cutthroat- September 9, 2008 at 4:31 pm
This was also posted in sherdog forums awhile ago.
ben- September 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm
@ tom:

I'd never heard of mma atlanta until you made your comment...so I went there to check them out, and nearly every one of their homepage stories is ripped off, word for word, from articles we posted on CagePotato, without any sort of credit. Don't believe me? Compare the following links...

http://mmaatlanta.com/?p=203
http://www.cagepotato.com/2008/08/15/oprah-winfrey-wake-the-fck-up-alright/

http://mmaatlanta.com/?p=172
http://www.cagepotato.com/2008/07/13/baroni-wins-ww-debut-gets-headbutted-by-asshole/

http://mmaatlanta.com/?p=144
http://www.cagepotato.com/2008/07/11/fight-of-the-day-chuck-liddell-vs-jose-pele-landi-jons/

I could go on and on and on. So fuck them and anybody that supports their garbage-ass website. I'm going to do my best to shut them down ASAP.

thanks for the tip,
BG
Payday- September 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm
I love my man sayin', "How you going to articulate it?"
Anonymous- September 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm
Fuck you tom! Cagepotato is better than that bullcrap
knightrida- September 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Good call pork and beans!
tom- September 9, 2008 at 1:59 pm
this was posted on mma atlanta about 3 months ago
Scott- September 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm
Big John needs to get back to reffing! The guy was undoubtedly the best.
Pork and Beans- September 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Is it just me, or does Big John and Jesse Taylor look a lot a like? I've never noticed it before.
NealTaflinger- September 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Yeah, props to the hawkeye who caught that clip. CP obviously doesn't understand the after-market value of a high end rug shampooer.
RGB- September 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm
I guess no cagepotato fans are up this early. whoever spotted his gem deserves a prize. Big John is the real deal!
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