Demetrious Johnson Praises Referee John McCarthy
In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC bantamweight champion Demetrious Johnson (17-2 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) admitted that while he was frustrated by the rules, he praised the refereeing by John McCarthy.
John Dodson (14-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) posted his hand to block Johnson’s knees at UFC on FOX 6 this past Saturday. Fighters are told backstage they cannot post their hand to avoid getting hit by blows that would otherwise be legal. They can’t use the rules in the way they weren’t intended to be used.
On being frustrated with the rules: “This is a fight, and you’re stalling the fight. You have to keep on moving. Imagine how much damage I could have done to him right there. That’s something that frustrated me. John says protect yourself at all times. That’s John Dodson’s job to protect himself at all times. If he gets kneed in the face, you can’t play this game.”
On John McCarthy: “I think he John did a great job,. He did a great job reffing, letting [Dodson] know, ‘You can’t be in his limbo.’ He even told me, ‘Demetrious, you’ve got to watch out if he’s playing that game.'”
On how aware he was of the situation: “I didn’t know his hand was down. The way the position is set up, my eyes are on the back of his back, and I’m kneeing. After I got warned, I apologized. You can tell after that warning that I was looking to see if his hand was down. In my mind, that’s stalling the fight.”