ABU DHABI – UFC senior vp David Shaw mentioned conversations would happen again dwelling in Las Vegas following Dan Hardy’s on-air outburst at referee Herb Dean and subsequent alternate between the pair after Francisco Trinaldo’s TKO win over Jai Herbert at UFC on ESPN 14.
Hardy and his co-commentary colleague, Paul Felder, had been each clearly upset by Dean’s dealing with of the end to Trinaldo’s win over Herbert after the struggle was allowed to proceed, regardless of Herbert showing to be knocked stiff by an enormous punch.
Each Hardy and Felder had been vocal of their requires Dean to name off the struggle, whereas even Trinaldo stopped to permit Dean to step in earlier than ultimately persevering with to land 4 unanswered pictures on the clearly scrambled Herbert. It was then that Dean intervened.
Hardy was incensed, and pictures shared from cageside confirmed the previous welterweight title challenger remonstrating with the official within the aftermath of the struggle earlier than the Englishman recomposed himself to conduct the post-fight interview with Trinaldo.
When requested in regards to the incident on the post-fight information convention, Shaw admitted: “I wasn’t on the ground when it occurred. I did hear a number of the feedback on the printed. Right here’s the factor: Being a ref in MMA is likely one of the hardest roles which you could have, and Herb Dean is certainly one of our greatest, categorically. (The) backside line is, well being and security of the athletes is of paramount significance. On the opposite facet, you’ve received a man like Hardy who, very profitable MMA profession, a superb analyst proper now, however he’s passionate, and he’s fiery.
“The necessary factor for us to do is to try to get a deal with and attempt to get an understanding of what really occurred. Clearly, this isn’t one thing that you just deal with with both one of many events throughout the present. These guys have a job to do, and so we actually don’t need to disrupt their efforts to do a superb job, as we count on they all the time will. So we’ll return, we’ll test it out, attempt to get a greater understanding of what occurred and actually take it from there.”
Hardy’s response drew phrases of help from the UFC’s lead play-by-play commentator, Jon Anik, who tweeted, “Dan Hardy has all the time had my respect as the most effective MMA minds/analysts on the market however he’s particularly deserving of reward tonight. Analysts have to be important once they consider the state of affairs requires it. Can’t maintain again. He didn’t. He’s not making an attempt to make associates.”
Shaw hinted that Hardy could have stepped out of line by interacting with Dean throughout the occasion, noting that referees ought to solely be approached by regulatory employees throughout occasions.
“I suppose the underside line is there’s one group of individuals which can be in a position to speak to officers throughout the struggle night time, and that’s (Marc) Ratner’s regulatory group, and nobody else,” Shaw mentioned. “So we’ll see what occurs subsequent week once we get again to the workplace.”