What mattered most at UFC on ESPN 14 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi? Listed here are a number of post-fight musings …

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1. Dan Hardy vs. Herb Dean

One of many larger speaking factors from this occasion was the battle between referee Herb Dean and coloration commentator Dan Hardy, who had what’s now was a well-publicized spat stemming from stoppage in Francisco Trinaldo’s TKO of Jai Herbert.

There are two apparent issues to be famous about this case: First, the combat was completely stopped late. It was over when Trinaldo landed a bomb that dropped Herbert like a sack of potatoes, and there was no want for Dean to attend for the Brazilian to land 4 additional pictures on his grounded foe. Second, Hardy is nicely inside his proper to criticize the end to not simply this combat, however any combat he needs from his commentary place.

The important thing phrases there, although, are from his commentary place. The traces began to blur when Hardy went out of his designated place of the sales space to vocalize his emotions on to Dean. Was the face-to-face tongue-lashing justified? Most likely. Dean messed this one up. However that’s not Hardy’s position. There are regulators cageside in precise positions of authority who can specific opinions and self-discipline Dean, if merited, after a foul name.

To not get it twisted: Hardy’s ardour is appreciated, and he made it clear each within the second and in his assertion after the occasion that he’s merely making an attempt to carry the referees accountable and look out for the athletes stepping within the octagon, as a result of he of all individuals is aware of how harmful the game will be. These are the sorts of individuals we want in MMA, however he can’t enable his feelings to spill outdoors his duties on a reside broadcast.

Regardless of the UFC’s declare it would examine the state of affairs, it’s unlikely a lot comes of this. Ideally, it serves as a studying lesson for all concerned. Dean has been the gold commonplace for refereeing for a very long time, and due to that his errors are magnified in comparison with different referees. He’s made some notable errors in recent times, and this was considered one of them.

Fortunately, Herbert doesn’t seem to have been significantly injured within the loss, and all we are able to hope for is that Dean does higher going ahead.