The "Let's Get It On" podcast had big shoes to fill with the departure of legendary referee John McCarthy. The show is about to make a major splash in replacing him, though.
McCarthy, who founded the podcast along with Wheelock early last year, announced he would be leaving earlier this month. The godfather of MMA officials recently moved to Las Vegas and has taken on more work as a boxing judge in Nevada in addition to his countless refereeing gigs around the world. "Big John" didn't feel like he could give as much time to the podcast as it deserved as a host, but will remain on as executive producer, sources said.
Askren and Warren have a relationship with Wheelock going back to their days in Bellator. Both are known for their outspokenness. Askren and Warren also have a friendship going back to their days as highly decorated Olympic-level wrestlers.
Askren, the former Bellator welterweight champion, is the current ONE Championship 170-pound champion and one of the best in the world in his weight class. Warren is a former two-division Bellator champion, winning belts at both featherweight and bantamweight. Wheelock was Bellator's play-by-play man for five years before being let go in 2015.
Wheelock and McCarthy had been producing podcasts twice a week most recently, but with the changes "Let's Get It On" will move back to a once-a-week format, at least temporarily.