Herb Dean Defends Controversial Stoppages In Faber/Barao, Rousey/McMann Bouts

March 18, 2014 7:12 am by Connor Woodard

Despite being commonly known as being one of the best referees in MMA, Herb Dean has recently come under some fire for some of the stoppages that he has made in major fights, particularly for the stoppages in the main events of UFC 169 and 170. Dean took to The MMA Hour to discuss the stoppages. In regards to the stoppage in the Uriah  Faber vs. Renan Barao fight, Herb admits that he may have made a mistake, stating:

“One thing that I do have to say is I believe that Faber had something left, and it’s unfortunate that he didn’t. I want fighters to be able to leave everything out there on the table. As far as how I came to that decision, he had already taken three shots, he had been hurt badly. When Barao was doing his thing where he was trying to look up at me, he actually was taking his posture off Urijah a little bit. So I moved in to check in on Urijah, you know, like OK, he’s kind of taking his posture off of him, and he’s not responding to that. And what I did, a tool that’s been very helpful to me over the years, I tell the fighters to fight back, show me something, and based on that response, is how I made my decision…. He attempted to show me that he was fine by raising a thumb. My position was a good position, but I was not in a correct position to see his thumb. I did not see that thumb. I can’t expect him to know exactly where I am at all times.”

However, when asked about the stoppage in the Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann fight, Dean stood firmly behind the decision that he made on fight night, stopping the fight after a liver shot dropped McMann. On the stoppage, Dean said:

“She took the shot, and as far as with her posture, when she falls, she turns away from her opponent, hands out and holds her injury — not blocking, but holds. There’s a difference. Ronda is on the other side of her, shots are going to be coming from the sides. I could see if she had protected her body, but she held, which means that she’s in a lot of pain. Usually when I see fighters hold something, often, something’s broken. She’s in no position to be defending herself…I was definitely sure about the call.”

(Quotes via MMA Mania)

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