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John McCarthy has shared his ideas on referee Herb Dean’s controversial stoppage in Saturday’s Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jai Herbert battle.

The light-weight contest, which served because the featured prelim of UFC Struggle Island 3, was referred to as off shortly after Trinaldo landed a tough punch that despatched Herbert crashing to the canvas.

Though Jai seemed to be in dream land, veteran referee Herb Dean didn’t step in to cease the battle. As an alternative, a confused Francisco was compelled to throw some floor and pound pictures to advertise Dean to lastly name a cease to the competition.

Dean’s determination to not cease the battle after the preliminary punch floored Herbert didn’t sit nicely with UFC commentator Dan Hardy. ‘The Outlaw’ proceeded to blast the longtime referee in an on-air outburst which triggered a heated alternate to ensue.


Former referee John McCarthy addressed Saturday’s controversial Trinaldo – Herbert stoppage throughout Sunday’s “Weighing In” podcast with Josh Thomson.

“Jai’s actually good. Actually gifted. Good motion, a pleasant easy stand-up fighter and he did nicely within the clinches and stuff. He was combating very well. However, Jai will get hit and the shot that hits him goes off principally the highest of his brow. The highest of his head and also you see him go stumble again and fall the best way he did. It’s like he obtained hit within the head with a hammer.” John McCarthy mentioned. “And you realize because the referee it’s a kind of… It’s an oddity knockdown. Not your norm. However when he falls how did he fall? He fell going backwards and was he nonetheless there?”

“No.” Josh Thomson replied.

“Doesn’t appear like it,” McCarthy agreed. “However, when Herb Dean sees him he comes round and he sees him fall down like this (motioning straight again) and he sees him together with his palms able to defend himself. So Herb is pondering (Herbert) can defend himself and Trinaldo simply stopped. Now Trinaldo stopped as a result of he’s a competitor, a sportsman and felt like he’s out. I shouldn’t habe to hit him once more. However, he has to proceed on. So the truth that Trinaldo didn’t instantly go after him, makes it now the place Herb actually can’t cease it, in a means, as a result of he’s saying he’s in there defending himself. Might he have stopped it? He might have. However, there would have been folks complaining about him stopping it. There would have been folks saying ‘Oh you didn’t give him the chance’ to attempt to you realize work his means out.”

John McCarthy continued:

“So that you’re in that may’t win. the truth that Dan Hardy is mates with Jai, likes him and watches him battle in England. Properly he obtained all upset as a result of his man took further pictures and okay. However, if Dan Hardy was the man who obtained hit and went down and somebody stopped it, he can be standing up like Dominick Cruz. ‘You stopped it too quickly!’. Can’t win.”

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This text first appeared on on July 26, 2020