John McCarthy comments on UFC 273 co-main event: ‘Nowhere in the world is you going to tell me Aljo won that first round’

John McCarthy, 59, a retired referee, is best known for officiating several UFC-promoted matches. John is currently co-host of MMA and the combat sports podcast “Weighing In” with Josh Thomson.

McCarthy focused on the UFC 273 co-main event between Aljamain Sterling (21-3 MMA) and Petr Yan (16-3 MMA) this past weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. It was Sterling who successfully defended his weight belt by defeating Jan with a split decision win.

When discussing the outcome of the fight, on his podcast “Weighing In,” McCarthy said the following:

“There’s no way in the world you’d tell me Aljo (Stirling) won the first round, but I’ll say, I thought he had a great fight.”

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John McCarthy also shared that Sterling could have done more damage during the match, saying:

“I thought it was a clever tactic by Aljamain to stay outside, keep moving, but he didn’t go down much. He took a few kicks, not real hard, and took some hard hits.”

After the title match, there was much controversy regarding the judges’ decision to award the award to Sterling. There are fans and media alike who have spoken out about the outcome of the fight, and debated whether Peter Jan should have been the winner.

Even UFC president, Dana White, said this at the post-fight press conference about the fight that would be awarded to Sterling:

“I thought the judges blew that up. It was 3-2 the other way around. I don’t know how you guys scored that. I think it all comes down to how you scored in the first round.”

Of course, Sterling and Jan first fought back in March 2021 at UFC 259, where ‘The Funk Master’ became champion after ‘No Mercy’ was disqualified for an illegal knee in the head. Back then, before the disqualification, many believed that Yan fought the fight and was on his way to victory.

Whether you agree with the judges or not, Sterling kept the belt. Undoubtedly, there will be £3 for Yan 3 in the future.

What do you think of John McCarthy’s comments? Do you agree with Stirling’s score vs. Jan?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM

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