Dean: 'I wasn't sure' if Silva was out or faking at first


In most cases it would be unheard of for a fighter to fall to the mat as a fake-out, pretending to be out to lure his opponent to the mat, however as Anderson Silva fell to the mat, for a second, referee Herb Dean thought that could possibly have been the case:

"It was almost a replay of the pantomime that he had done," he said. "I saw him go down. I respond to it whether it's pantomime or not, but to be honest, I wasn't sure. But I'm going to respond and get in close to get a better look. Once I got in there and got a better look, he was unconscious to me.

Dean might actually have helped Silva wake up by pushing off the swarming Weidman. The deposed champ grabbed one of his legs as the new champ paraded around the octagon, enjoying the biggest win of his undefeated career.

Silva had defended his title 10 times and had never been defeated in the UFC before Weidman one-upped him and took the belt.

Referee Dean has overseen hundreds of bouts in addition to his times in the cage with Silva, and was aware that he was part of history before he ever set foot in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. But like just about everyone, he wasn't expecting to see what he saw.

"You put two well-trained guys who are trying to take each other's will away, anything can happen," Dean said. "But the way it happened, to get caught in the middle of his antics, I think that was a little bit surprising."

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ReneH site profile image  

7/9/13 11:11 PM by ReneH

This fight was a work. The UFC has gone by the way of the WWF or WWE, whatever the fuck. It's the only way to attract that other crowd who attend events like these strictly for the drama.

RAMP site profile image  

7/9/13 11:05 PM by RAMP

Segal taught him that.

AFC1281 site profile image  

7/9/13 10:55 PM by AFC1281

So Silva was faking, in hopes of getting Weidman into a sub?

Colboyo site profile image  

7/9/13 10:22 PM by Colboyo

If only the Mazz was there...

Punch Bag site profile image  

7/9/13 8:38 PM by Punch Bag

I like that Herb always stops in time enough to determine the winner.

Doem site profile image  

7/8/13 11:40 PM by Doem

"hey you ok?""you out man?""hey, man are you out?"*waves hands to call fight*

aka_rtotheoh site profile image  

7/8/13 11:26 PM by aka_rtotheoh

he was faking. herb stopped it too soon. now we will never know

Wasa-B site profile image  

7/8/13 11:25 PM by Wasa-B

Handey, Jack Handey.

UGCTT_Song2 site profile image  

7/8/13 10:55 PM by UGCTT_Song2


Wasa-B site profile image  

7/8/13 10:54 PM by Wasa-B

Deception...part of the art of war...cept the guy he was fighting wasn't deceived