Herb Dean: Fighter's fate is in their hands

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmajunkie.com
 

Herb Dean, the man many, including UFC President Dana White, have called the best referee in mixed martial arts, reflects on his art in an interview with MMAJunkie Radio. Dean is set to referee on the prelim card of tonight's UFC on FOX event in Anaheim, Calif. "Big" John McCarthy is refereeing the title fight between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Dos Santos,

Miguel Torres once used the customary backstage meeting with his referee to instruct the official not to stop the fight unless he was knocked out cold.

"Most of the fighters tell me that every time I go back there and talk to them," Herb Dean told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "These guys want to fight. Half of them are going to tell me that."

"That's usually when I launch into, 'Well, if you have something to give, and you hear me say fight back, that lets you know I'm thinking about stopping the fight. We let them know that their fate is in their hands."

"The main thing I talk to them about is what my commands mean. Hey, I'm thinking about interfering. That means you need to show me something if you wish to continue.' That's why you'll hear us telling the fighters, 'Fight back, fight back.' If they have anything left, they should give it then. If they don't, that's a clear signal that they're done."

"Someone can tap just once, and if they're doing something that makes no sense, like if their hands are away from what they're defending, then they've given up and they scream in pain and all they can do is tap, then I'm going to take that as a tap.

"If I see someone's hands where they should be, and they're moving around, I'm going to wait to make sure it's a definitive tap. Because people's hands are moving, especially if that hand is doing what it's supposed to do. I'm going to look and see what's happening. I'm not just going to call it on what may appear to be a tap."

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OftheWay site profile image  

11/12/11 3:23 PM by OftheWay

 Herb's the man.

cageclown site profile image  

11/12/11 3:18 PM by cageclown

Herb Dean has fought in the past. You can look it up on this site.

Freeman Dyson site profile image  

11/12/11 2:14 PM by Freeman Dyson

 Sounds like he is just covering his ass for missing all the Akira taps.

SC MMA MD site profile image  

11/12/11 2:10 PM by SC MMA MD

+1. We have a ref for local shows who fought ( MT and MMA), and he is miles better than the refs that never fought or trained

MagSlim site profile image  

11/12/11 2:06 PM by MagSlim

That's why referees should be well versed in submission grappling. If you don't know submission defense how do you know whether they're about to tap, or whether a choke is deep or when a guy is going to ride it out, or when someone is defending and not tapping.Seems like a blue belt should be a minimum requirement for mma refs, and I'm not a bjj nuthugger.

The Sultan site profile image  

11/12/11 2:04 PM by The Sultan

 +1

Hong Kong Phooey site profile image  

11/12/11 2:02 PM by Hong Kong Phooey

"Someone can tap just once, and if they're doing something that makes no sense, like if their hands are away from what they're defending, then they've given up and they scream in pain and all they can do is tap, then I'm going to take that as a tap. - Akira

Devlin site profile image  

11/12/11 1:54 PM by Devlin

Cant have it any fairer than that, Herbs a damn good ref.



 

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