UFC referee clips ‘dangerous’ motive

UFC referee Herb Dean has responded to the backlash that enveloped Sunday’s card, the fourth and final event on Fight Island.

Dean came under fire for not stopping a fight earlier, but it was another bout he officiated that earnt him even more wrath.

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A Francisco Trinaldo overhand bomb rocked Jai Herbert and sent him crashing backwards onto the canvas in the third and final round.

As Trinaldo rushed in, he stood over his opponent and waiting for Dean to wave the fight off before landing four more shots before it was called.

The decision to allow the follow up shots was widely slammed by fans and commentators with Dan Hardy exploding on the microphone.

“Stop the fight,” Hardy shouted. “That’s two times now.”

Fellow commentator and current lightweight contender Paul Felder followed in Hardy’s anger.

“I’m going to give a lot of credit to Trinaldo in that moment right there,” he said. “He could have just started teeing off. But he saw what we saw, and that fight should have been stopped.

“That p***es me off.”

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Immediately after the fight Hardy confronted Dean over the late stoppage with his microphone picking up the exchange.

“I’m doing my job now. You do yours,” Hardy said.

Before Hardy started his interview with Trinaldo, he added: “I’ve got to look after these fighters. My goodness.”

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But now the man in charge of the stoppage has responded to the criticism he received by uploading a video explainer of the situation to his Instagram account.

“There’s a fight that some people said could have been stopped earlier, think it was stopped late. By no means was that a late stoppage,” Dean said.

“Anyone who believes or not is maybe just following because someone with a microphone says it’s a (bad) stoppage. But if you know anything about fighting, a fighter got hurt, fighters get rocked all the time but we’re looking at his actions. He’s tracking his opponent. He knows where his opponent is. He’s put both arms in between him and his opponent. He’s lifted his leg up, head off the mat. He’s doing everything I can ask for him to do to stay in that fight. There wasn’t a bad stoppage.”

Although he never mentioned Hardy by name in the video, Dean took aim at the shouting from cageside.

“During the match, someone yelled out ‘stop the fight’,” Dean said.

“This is really interesting because there’s only professionals there. There’s not one fan in the building. Everybody has a job there, everybody knows what their job is and they have specific duties. I have a job to referee the fight. One of my duties is to stop the fight when the fighter’s taken too much damage.

The knockout blow from Trinaldo.Source:AFP

“There’s two people who are authorised to advise me during that to maybe yell out those words ‘stop the fight’. There’s one, the physician — we have a ringside physician who knows more about the physical body than I do. He’s there to give me advice. If he can’t get my attention, maybe he might yell stop the fight.

“Then there’s the fighter’s corner. They train with him, they know about him, they know more things about him than I do. They may know something I don’t know so that’s why they would give me some advice to stop the fight. Ultimately, to stop the fight is my decision.”

Dean expanded on why someone outside of the cage shouting at him to bring the fight to a stop could affect his ability to call the contest.

“I don’t know who it was that did it cause I was looking at the fight but I heard it,” Dean said. “But I assumed that it was either the two people authorised to do it — the doctor or the corner.

“After the match, I followed up, I asked the physician, he goes ‘no, that fight was fine, I’m perfectly fine with everything you did in that match’. I didn’t get the chance to ask his corners but I asked the inspectors who were in charge of his corner. They said no, the corner did not yell out to stop the match.”

Again explaining why the decision to shout out “stop the fight” when not authorised was the wrong thing to do, Dean detailed why he would never do what Hardy did.

“This is a very dangerous thing to do,” Dean said. “If you put on your Superman shirt and decide that you’re the smartest person in the room — smarter than the physician, smarter than the corner who works with the guy and smarter than the referee — you’re doing a chance that you could bring in information that could do the fighter disservice.

“I’m looking at the match, I believe I’m getting information from the people qualified to do it.

“Under no circumstances, even I as a referee, get up and yell and tell another referee to stop the match. If I were to do that, I would know it would be a situation where I couldn’t live with myself otherwise. I know that there could be consequences that you’d never see me in that position again but I would sleep well knowing that I did that.”

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