An intimate profile of the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) referee, this first full-length autobiography of pop culture icon Â“Bigâ€ť John McCarthy details every aspect of his lifeÂ—from his strong-handed Los Angeles upbringing to his involvement in the naming of the sport, his role in its regulation, and MMAâ€™s rise in stature. The narrative follows Â“Bigâ€ť John through his 22-year career as a Los Angeles police officer, where he taught recruits arrest and control procedures as well as survival tactics, then his 15-year career as MMAâ€™s premier official in the chain-linked cage. A fixture of the sport, Â“Bigâ€ť John started refereeing at UFC 2 in 1994 when MMA was in its infancy and went on to officiate at every major UFC event but two until 2007. Following a one-year hiatus as a color commentator and on-camera analyst for MMA and boxing events, he returned to MMA refereeing in 2008. In his own words, "Big" John relatesÂ his insiderâ€™s perspective from theÂ midst of many of the sportâ€™s greatest momentsÂ—from Tito OrtizÂ–Ken Shamrock I at UFC 40 in 2002 to Randy CoutureÂ–Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March of 2007Â—along with his account of the birth of the sport in America, itsÂ evolution, and MMAâ€™s ongoing struggles for acceptance.