The forwards and backwards between commentator Dan Hardy and referee Herb Dean over questionable stoppage continues.

On Saturday evening at UFC Struggle Island 3, Hardy left his sales space and obtained all up in Herb Dean’s grill over the tip of two fights: the primary between Tanner Boser and Raphael Pessoa, which noticed Boser catch Pessoa with a knuckle within the eye, crumpling Pessoa. And the primary prelim between Francisco Trinaldo and Jai Herbert, which noticed Trinaldo knock Herbert out chilly on the ft however solely ended after Trinaldo unleashed 4 extra unneeded punches to Herbert’s face on the bottom.

It was throughout the Trinaldo end that Dan Hardy screamed “Cease the combat!” and left the sales space to confront Dean, telling him to do his job and defend the fighters. Hardy has since put out a press release defending his actions, calling Dean’s refereeing ‘clear negligence.’ Now Herb Dean is right here together with his personal ideas on the state of affairs, which don’t go into Hardy’s resolution to have a post-fight speak however think about the second on the finish of the bout the place he yelled for issues to be stopped.

“I need to speak to you guys about Abu Dhabi,” Dean says in a video recorded within the airport. “Nice fights, was virtually there for a month. Loads of actually nice fights, plenty of nice conditions to speak about. Final evening I obtained to referee some fights. One combat typically there was an awesome state of affairs that I positively need to go over and speak to you guys about. There’s a combat that some folks say might have been stopped earlier and assume it was stopped late. Not at all was {that a} late stoppage. However I’ll go into that later, perhaps do one other video and break that down and provide you with guys extra info on it. I need to provide you with guys extra info on how we make our choices and our course of.”

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

“There’s one: the doctor. We’ve got a ringside doctor who is aware of extra concerning the bodily physique than I do. He’s there to present me recommendation. If he can’t get my consideration, perhaps he may yell, ‘Cease the combat.’ 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 might know one thing I don’t know, and in order that’s why they’d give me some recommendation to cease the combat. In the end to cease the combat is my resolution. So for anybody to … I don’t know who it was who did it as a result of I used to be trying on the combat and and I had heard it, so I assumed it was both of the 2 folks approved to do it, the physician or the nook.”

“After the match I adopted up, I requested the doctor he goes ‘No, that combat was superb. You have been doing completely superb with every part you probably did in that match. I didn’t get an opportunity to ask his nook, however I requested the inspectors, who’re accountable for his nook. They usually mentioned ‘No. The nook didn’t yell out to cease the match.’ Which means it was another person, somebody there doing a job. It is a very harmful factor to do. In case 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, you’re doing an opportunity you can usher in info that might do the fighter a disservice.”

“I’m trying on the match, I consider I’m getting info from the folks certified to do it,” Dean continued. “Underneath no circumstance would I, at the same time as a referee, stand up and yell to a different referee to cease the match. If I have been to do this, I’d know there could 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 that you’d by no means see me in that place once more. However I’d sleep effectively understanding that I’d executed that.”

“The underside line now if I’ve to have a look at that match, not it to know if I ought to’ve stopped it early, as a result of it’s simple. 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 something about preventing, the fighter obtained damage, 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 in between him and his opponent. He’s lifting his legs and head off the mat. He’s doing every part I might ask for to remain in that combat. So, it wasn’t a nasty stoppage.”

Hmm. Comply with disagree.

“However that one who is yelling out, that’s virtually the identical factor as when you would seize a horn and ring the horn as when you’re calling the time. It might simply be mistaken for the official horn. In case you open your mouth and yell the phrases ‘Cease the combat,’ it might simply be mistaken for the people who find themselves formally certified to yell ‘Cease the combat.’ It ought to by no means be executed. Meals for thought.”

We’ll allow you to guys resolve what you consider Herb Dean’s response, however for what it’s value Dan Hardy isn’t the primary particular person by far to scream ‘Cease the combat’ throughout a combat. Joe Rogan has executed it tons of instances. Daniel Cormier has executed it. Hell, Dana White does it too. It’s a depressingly frequent prevalence as a result of MMA reffing is a tricky job, and generally an official doesn’t discover when somebody is unconscious or out of it from a sure angle. Hardy simply occurs to be within the scorching seat right here as a result of he did it in a closed area with nobody else round.

And yeah, Dean isn’t incorrect in that regard: the commentators shouldn’t be shouting into the cage on the referee. However then once more, the referee shouldn’t be forcing Francisco Trinaldo to unload on a clearly unconscious opponent once they’re already clearly out. Meals for thought.