On the last card inside “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, Dan Hardy, expeling of UFC, had a cross with the iconic referee Herb Dean. In the stellar contest of the preliminaries, where Francisco Trinaldo defeated Jai Herbert by KO, the controversy occurred midway through the third round. The first of them managed to connect with a left overhand that sent his rival to the canvas. He stopped for 2 or 3 seconds to see if the fight ended, but Dean made no sign to do so. This was what made the winner shoot at least four more shots.
Hardy, who was commenting on the billboard, is heard shouting “Stop the fight!”, and later criticism began to rain on Dean. Of course, the referee is considered one of the best referees in the entire history of MMA. Herb He published a video on his social networks explaining his version, where according to him he is not “justifying”, but rather giving Dan advice about why he should not intervene in the way he did during combat.
“There was a fight where some people said it could have been stopped earlier, in no way was it a late arrest. During the fight, someone yelled, “Stop the fight. This is really interesting because there are only professionals there. There is not a single fanatic in the building. Everyone has their job in there, everyone knows what their job is and they have specific tasks. I have a job to referee the fight. One of my tasks is to stop the fight when the fighter has suffered too much damage. There are two people authorized to – yell at me – instructions on stopping the fight: one is the doctor who is supposed to supervise the fight, who knows more about the human body than me, ”he dictated.
Complicated situation for both
At the same time, Herb He also said: «The other person is the fighter’s corner, because they train together and they can know things that I don’t know about the fighter, they can advise me or – yell at me – to stop the fight, but in the end it is my decision to do it. After the fight, I followed up, I asked the doctor, he said ‘no, that fight was fine, I’m perfectly fine with everything you did in the match.’ I did not have a chance to ask their corners but I asked the inspectors who were in charge of their corner. They said no, that the corner did not shout to stop the meeting. “
“Doing this is a very dangerous thing. If you put on the Superman cape and decide that you are the smartest person in the place, smarter than the doctor, smarter than the corner that works with the fighter and smarter than the referee, you are having the possibility that you can bring information that may harm the fighter. I am watching the fight closely, I think I am obtaining information from the people qualified to do it, “said the renowned referee of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Anyone who believes or not, may just be following him because someone with a microphone says it was a bad arrest. But if you know anything about fighting, the fighter was hit, the fighters are touched all the time, however, we watch their actions. You are following your opponent (visually). He knows where his opponent is. He put both arms between him and his opponent. He raised his leg and head off the mat. He’s doing everything I can ask him to do to stay in the fight. There was no bad arrest ”, he concluded Dean.