Big John Mccarthy
Big John Mccarthy
Celebrated Name: John Mccarthy
Real Name/Full Name: John Michael McCarthy
Gender: Male
Age: 61 years old
Birth Date:  October 12, 1962
Birth Place:  Los Angeles, California USA
Nationality: American
Height: 1.93 m
Weight: 117 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Elaine MacCarthy
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (names unknown)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Big John Mccarthy Gay?: No
Profession: Professional wrestling referee, martial arts instructor, actor, and police officer
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $1.5 million
Last Updated: July 2024

John Michael McCarthy is most popularly known as big John Maccarthy by his fans. He is an American professional wrestling referee, martial arts instructor, actor, a police officer who gained fame for officiating several bouts that were promoted by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is also well known for working as a Bellator MMA commentator.  He is moreover is a licensed boxing referee and is a founder of C.O.M.M.A.N.D., a certification school and training course for MMA judges and referees. John initially served at the Los Angeles Police Academy as a Tactical Self-Defence Instructor.

Maybe you know about Big John Mccarthy very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Big John Mccarthy’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

John McCarthy was born on the 12th of October 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He grew up in California, where he was trained to become a police officer in 1985 when he joined the Los Angeles Police Department, succeeding (Ronald ) his father’s steps. We do not have adequate information about his family details

Personal Life

You may be surprised that John would attract a lady to have and to hold, but you would be surprised to learn that yes, he has a serious and busy lifestyle but also has somebody to call his own. John McCarthy got married to Elaine Maccarthy in May 2014, and together they have three adorable children. Surprisingly one of his children is also a police officer.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 12 October 1962, Big John Mccarthy is 61 years old as of today’s date 21st July 2024. His height is 1.93 m tall, and his weight is 117 kg.


In 1985 He started working as an officer in the LAPD. His experience as a police officer and his understanding of the law, combined with his size, earned him the privilege to officiate UFC 2 as a referee.

In 1994, John had his UFC debut at UFC 2: No Way Out and maintained as a regular referee until 2007. In the same year, he switched his career to become a television commentator for The Fight Network and Affliction. However, after one year, he returned as a referee, and this time handled numerous high profiled fights such as Akebono Taro, a Sumo legend, and Royce Gracie, an MMA legend in 2014.

He decided to launch his first MMA School in 2006 in Valencia, California. After some considerations, he eventually decided to sell in 2015.

McCarthy released his autobiography called “Let’s Get It On – The Making of MMA and its Ultimate Referee,” In September 2011

He would eventually go on to referee hundreds of bouts in major MMA promotions and events. McCarthy decided to retire in 2007, where he engaged in various ventures before officially announcing his retirement in 2018 briefly.

Upon his retirement as a referee, he moved over to rival organization Bellator MMA where he works as a commentator.

John is also a talented actor he has appeared in the movie “Never Back down 2: The Beatdown” which was launched in 2012 alongside stars like Evan Peters, Michael Jai White among others. Additionally, in 2013 he acted in the martial arts documentary named “Fight Life.”

Awards & Achievements

John has earned some accolades for recognition of his hard work. He has been named thrice as the referee of the year (2015, 2016, and 2017) by the World MMA Awards.

Net Worth & Salary of Big John Mccarthy in 2024

Big John Mccarthy Net Worth
Big John Mccarthy Net Worth

John Maccarthy has accumulated his wealth by primarily being a Professional wrestling referee. He was quoted in podcast saying that he earns a minimum of $400  for a fight that is of the lower level and $1,900 for a fight that is regarded as high profile fought like that of McGregor and Jose Aldo in December 2015.

He also has been a martial arts instructor, practicing his acting career and also was a police officer all his careers of which have contributed to the increase of his net worth.

As of July 2024, He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.

Being a referee means ruling in favor of one party, and that does not go well with a number of may 2014, John was attacked by two men in Costco in Los Angeles in front of the parking lot. The assailants are said to be supporters of Tito Otiz, a fight that he had handled, and despite his huge body, john was attacked until the police came to the rescue. He is known as Big John McCarthy because of his enormous body size.


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