Referee Herb Dean doesn’t consider he made a nasty name within the Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jai Herbert battle at UFC on ESPN 14 and chastised shade commentator Dan Hardy for what Dean interprets as interference within the bout.

Dean has been the recipient of criticism for the timing of his stoppage in Trinaldo’s third-round TKO of Herbert on Saturday’s card, which passed off at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Hardy was among the many first to get on Dean for what he believed was a late cease.

After ripping Dean for failing to guard Herbert on the published, the commentator and referee exchanged heated phrases face-to-face cageside on the conclusion of the competition. Hardy has since doubled down on his actions, reiterating that he was merely making an attempt to face up for fighter security.

UFC officers, in the meantime, have famous the corporate plans to examine the state of affairs.

Sunday, Dean went public together with his rebuttal. The veteran official stated “in no way was {that a} late stoppage,” and defined how Hardy’s express yelling in the course of the fight-ending sequence was each out of line and probably harmful.

“What I actually wish to get into proper now’s in the course of the match somebody yelled out, ‘Cease the battle,’” Dean stated on Instagram. “It’s actually attention-grabbing as a result of there’s solely professionals there and there’s not one fan within the constructing. All people has a job there, everyone is aware of what their job is they usually have particular duties. I’ve a job to referee the battle, one in all my duties is to cease the battle when the fighter’s taking an excessive amount of harm. There’s two people who find themselves approved to advise me throughout that, to possibly yell out these phrases, ‘Cease the battle.’

“There’s one, the doctor. Now we have a ringside doctor who is aware of extra in regards to the bodily physique than I do. He’s there to offer me recommendation. If he can’t get my consideration possibly he would possibly yell, ‘Cease the battle.’ Then there’s the fighter’s nook. They prepare with them, they find out about them, they know extra issues about him than I do. They could know one thing I don’t know, in order that’s why they might give me some recommendation to cease the battle. In the end to cease the battle is my choice. I don’t know who it was who did it as a result of I used to be trying on the battle and and I had heard it, so I assumed it was both of the 2 individuals approved to do it, the physician or the nook.”

Dean continued to stroll via the timeline of occasions from his perspective. He stated he wasn’t conscious Hardy was the one who was being so vocal till he was looped in by another person cageside. It was at that time the change between the 2 occurred, and Dean as soon as once more stated the previous fighter-turned-commentator overstepped his bounds.

“After the match I adopted up, I requested the doctor he stated, ‘No, that battle was high-quality. You had been doing completely high-quality with all the things you probably did in that match,’” Dean stated. “I didn’t get an opportunity to ask his nook, however I requested the inspectors, who’re in control of his nook. They stated, ‘No. The nook didn’t yell out to cease the match.’ Meaning it was another person, another person there to do a job. This can be a very harmful factor to do. In the event you put in your Superman shirt and resolve that you just’re the neatest particular person within the room, smarter than the doctor, smarter than the nook who works with the man and smarter than the referee, there’s an opportunity you might usher in info that might do the fighter a disservice.

“I’m trying on the match, I consider I’m getting info from the individuals certified to do it. Underneath no circumstance would I, whilst a referee, stand up and yell to a different referee to cease the match. If I had been to try this I might know there can be a state of affairs the place I couldn’t reside with myself in any other case. I do know there may very well be penalties you’ll by no means see me in that place once more, however I might sleep nicely understanding that I’d accomplished that.”

The battle itself noticed Herbert put in a powerful effort over two rounds. Trinaldo turned the tide within the lastly body, touchdown an enormous punch that despatched Herbert to the canvas. It couldn’t been stopped there, as Dean rushed in to get a greater look. He didn’t cease it, although, regardless of Trinaldo standing over a clearly dazed Herbert together with his fist cocked.

When it was apparent Dean wasn’t going to halt the motion, Trinaldo reluctantly landed 4 extra punches earlier than it was known as off. Dean stated he thinks his timing was simply high-quality, and stated Herbert did the fitting issues to offer himself a contact of additional leeway.

“The underside line now if I’ve to take a look at that match, not it to know if I ought to’ve stopped it early, as a result of it’s straightforward,” Dean stated. “Anybody who believes it’s not is simply following as a result of somebody with a microphone says it ought to’ve been stopped. But when you already know something about preventing, the fighter obtained harm, fighters get rocked on a regular basis, however we’re his actions. He’s monitoring his opponent, he is aware of the place his opponent is. He’s placing each arms between him and his opponent, he’s lifting his legs and head off the mat. He’s doing all the things I might ask for to remain in that battle. So, it wasn’t a nasty stoppage.

“However that one who is yelling out, that’s nearly the identical factor as in the event you would seize a horn and ring the horn as in the event you’re calling the time. It might simply be mistaken for the people who find themselves formally certified to yell, ‘Cease the battle.’ It ought to by no means be accomplished. Meals for thought.”