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Tuesday, 12/20/2011, 08:54 am

UFC NEWS – Herb Dean Had Hoped "Big Nog" Would Tap Before Eventual Arm Break

“In my mind, I was hoping that he would tap. Like, ‘Please, please make this easy for me. That looks like it’s on.’ I definitely [had a] heightened awareness at that time. I was really focused on that arm. But that’s how Antonio became who he is — he didn’t get there by giving up. That guy’s done things that everyone thought was impossible time and time again because he never gives up. I stopped it because I saw the arm break. The tap came after. I don’t stop it when I believe it’s locked on or even if I believe the guy’s in jeopardy because I don’t know what that person can take. I don’t know what their limits are, but if I see an injury that is too dangerous for the fight to continue, that’s when I’m going to stop the fight. Or if I see the fighter tap. He was very calm. He’s an exceptional person. Even during that, with coordinating with the physicians and him getting out of there, at some point he started taking an active role. ‘OK, Herb, I want you to help me up.’ He was pretty calm through it.”

Widely considered one of, if not thee very best referee in Mixed Martial Arts, Herb Dean recounts what was going through his mind during what Dana White called the best submission victory in UFC history.

At UFC 140 just little more than a week ago, Frank Mir was able to submit longtime heavyweight great, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to earn his second victory over the Brazilian.

Having never been submitted in his professional Mixed Martial Arts career, Nogueira refused to tap when Mir locked on a Kimura and eventually broke his arm in the process.

For his part, the third man in the cage, Herb Dean, knew the break was possible, but explains his reasons for keeping the fight active until the very last minute.

He did everything right, don’t you think?

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11 Responses to “UFC NEWS – Herb Dean Had Hoped "Big Nog" Would Tap Before Eventual Arm Break”

  1. CanILive says:

    technically he didnt tap…. so you shoulda let them stand herb lol

  2. magoo says:

    As always first class reffing,great job Herb.

  3. CanILive says:

    imagine them standing and nog knockin mir out with a left, NOW that would be an ultimate fighter lol

  4. toby says:

    mir already broke sylvia’s arm, nogueira should have known that he is freakin serious with his submissions..

  5. Zack says:

    Frank snapped the fuck out of his arm. But he will still get owned by top heavyweights. His chin is weak along with his stand up

  6. Gil says:

    Herb stopped it right when it was supposed to be stopped. The sport of MMA (yes, we can now call MMA an official sport[ isnt that cool?]) is brutal but not savage nor chaotic in any way. UFC 1 was barbaric because of its rules but it also was very similar to a real street fight or a one on one combat situation you would see in war.
    MMA sanctioned fights are as close as it can be if offered to the mainstream.

  7. Night-Wind says:

    Zack, Frank’s stand up is actually really good. It just better when he doesn’t weigh that much.

  8. G says:

    Herb Dean is one of the best referees there are. I love when he’s in the title fights or other top-level fights. Bad moves by referees always make me so depressed and make me want to stop watching the UFC.

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