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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Herb Dean Defends His Stoppage in the Hendo vs. Fedor Fight

http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/08/0...n-fedor-fight/

When Dan Henderson made Fedor Emelianenko fall face-first into the canvas with a hard shot to the chin on Saturday night, referee Herb Dean had a split-second decision to make on whether or not to step in and stop the fight. Dean chose to stop it, awarding Henderson the victory by technical knockout, but Emelianenko said after the fight that Dean's decision was the wrong one, and that he could have kept fighting.

On Monday's MMA Hour, Dean defended his call, saying that Fedor was unconscious when Henderson connected with the punch, and as a result Dean had no choice but to stop the fight.

"I saw Dan hit Fedor with a shot, Fedor fell down flat on his face, face down, his palms were facing up and I saw Dan continuing to punch," Dean said. "He hit him with, I believe, three punches, and I didn't see Fedor doing any movement. It seemed to me he was unconscious. I came in to stop the fight."

Dean said that although he had to make the decision instantly, he watched the replay of the stoppage and stands by his decision with the benefit of hindsight.

"When I made my decision to stop the fight, Fedor was face down, unconscious. When I touched Dan, Fedor was still face down. Once I touch him the fight is over," Dean said.

Dean has also faced some criticism from fans who said Henderson illegally hit Fedor in the back of the head at the end of the fight, but Dean said he saw no fouls there.

"I saw punches that may have been close," Dean said. "But I wouldn't have called those fouls because the way the action was moving, I couldn't say that he intentionally targeted that area."

Ultimately, Dean said, he's very comfortable with his decision to protect Fedor from further damage.

"Fedor was unconscious and unable to defend himself," Dean said.

Although fans watching from home didn't know it, Dean's stoppage was actually the second controversial call he made on Saturday night. In an un-televised undercard bout between Bobby Green and JZ Cavalcante, some fans thought Green had tapped out while Cavalcante had him in a choke. In reality, Dean says, the motion some fans thought was tapping was actually Green signaling to Dean that he was still conscious and not in danger of passing out from the choke.

"It was a very clear thumbs up," Dean said. "I got down close to the mat so I could see his face, made some effort to communicate with him, and he gave me a thumbs-up, clear as day."

Dean said he knows fans don't always agree with referees' decisions, noting that "Sometimes in doing my job I'm not going to be a popular guy." But after a night on which Dean faced major questions about the way he refereed, Dean says he can stand by the calls he made.

I can't really disagree with Herb he had the best view and in my opinion made the right call.
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He was 100% right in the stoppage. Most fans know that Fedor recovers insanely well, but he was done and took some undefended shots (albeit to the back of the head).

That was a sweet uppercut from behind, and this is coming from a Fedor fan.
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Correct stoppage.

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Dean is the best ref is the business and it was a very close call, one that could have went either way given another second.
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Herb was spot on. I can't believe anyone would question him. I've not seen him make a mistake in any fight he has officiated.




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I know Fedor was rocked early with their I think first exchange so I think the uppercut sealed the deal. To me, Fedor looked like was in a rush to get a KO knockout for some reason and that is just asking for trouble.
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I know Fedor was rocked early with their I think first exchange so I think the uppercut sealed the deal. To me, Fedor looked like was in a rush to get a KO knockout for some reason and that is just asking for trouble.
I thought it was early the first time, but a good slow mo replay made it very clear it was a legit stoppage.

Fedor has been incredibly careless lately, it's the main reason he's lost against Werdum and Hendo. I seriously don't know what his problem is, but he has fought like an idiot for awhile now.

As a bit of an aside, Fedors fight against Werdum, Hendo, and Pat Barry's fight vs Kongo are all object lessons for people who criticize 'boring' fighters. Ask Fedor and Barry if they think they should have maybe traded just a little bit of excitement for something even more valuable....like consciousness.

If Fedor had been even just a little more methodical he could have won the Werdum fight for sure, and probably the Hendo one, same thing for Barry. You fight stupid, you lose.
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Stoppage was fine, shots to the back of the head were bullshit. He can downplay them all he wants, but they are not acceptable.


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