McCarthy left refereeing last year to pursue a career with The Fight Network, a career that did not work out:
I had a good time doing [commentary] and it was fun,” said McCarthy. “The Fight Network overextended itself and wasn’t ready to do certain things that they said that they were going to be able to do. It just didn’t work out there.”
Rather than take another offer that would keep him outside the cage, McCarthy said he chose to return to the role he originated inside it.
“I missed doing it,” said McCarthy. “Sometimes when you walk away from something and you think it’s time, once you’re away you realize what you’re missing "- it’s kind of like why guys come back to fighting. It’s what I like doing. It’s what I was meant to do."