Former UFC Fighter Dan Hardy has recently criticized referee Herb Dean for letting a fight between Francisco Trinaldo and Jai Herbert. Dan Hardy proceeded to post a video where he stated that he wasn’t attacking Dean, then went on to criticize many of the veteran referee’s late stoppages over the years. All this talk about late stoppages reminds me of one of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen in a fight.
On June 26th, 2011, Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo squared off in the UFC’s heavyweight division. The fighters engaged in a short stand-up war as referee Dan Miragliotta watched out for the safety of both fighters. Midway through the first round, Barry dropped Kongo with a huge right hand. Joe Rogan said it was over as Barry swarmed Kongo. Kongo somehow found a way to stay in this fight as he made it back to his feet and was dropped again. Rogan said Kongo was out once again as Barry continued his attack. The zombie that Cheick Kongo became kept movie his head as he made it back to his feet and landed a right hand of his own dropping Pat Barry. Kongo jumped on Barry and punched him a few more times before Miragliotta finally stepped in to stop the action.
Herb Dean stopped the fight between Robbie Lawler and Ben Askren “too early” and received criticism for not letting it continue. So, he allows the battle between Jai Herbert and Francisco Trinaldo to continue and is still criticized. It seems like it’s a no-win situation for these refs, but other people can stop the fight if things aren’t looking good for one of the fighters. First off, his corner could stop it by throwing in the towel. Next, the cage-side doctor can advise the referee to stop the fight if things are looking sketchy for one of the fighters. Dan Hardy and the announce team are not in a position to tell a referee to stop a fight. Hardy things because he fought years ago that it qualifies him to determine when a fight is finished from the announce table. Sit down and do your job, Dan Hardy or your ass will be fired. Dana even said so.
Dan Hardy could also become a referee since he feels so strongly on the matter. However, I’d much rather see a Hardy vs. Herb Dean fight in the cage to settle this dispute.
I’ve attached Herb Dean and Dan Hardy’s respective statements on this matter:
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