Dan Hardy Slams Herb Dean’s UFC Moscow Mistake

The extremely late stoppage has sprung an outburst in the MMA community. Fighters and fans alike. Image Source: Express Digest

Fans and commentators watching the recent action at UFC Moscow have criticised Herb Dean for an extremely late stoppage. The featured prelim bout between CB Dolloway and Khalid Murtazaliev was an absolutely brutal finish…

Well-traveled UFC veteran CB Dolloway returned this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 136. Standing across the cage from ‘The Doberman’ was hometown favorite Khalid Murtazaliev. The middleweight bout was scheduled as the feature prelim fight.

Dolloway’s fights are usually a gritty and grueling affair. Although it was expected to be a solid bout, Doberman’s scrap with Khalid Murtazaliev was not expected to cause the massive controversy that has since emerged.

It was neither the fault of Dolloway nor Murtazaliev, but the perceived lapse in concentration of veteran referee Herb Dean that’s resulted in a wave of criticism after UFC Moscow.

In case you haven’t seen it, this was the hard-to-watch moment that everybody is talking about:

Herb Dean UFC Moscow Fiasco

After watching this over a few times, it’s clear that Herb Dean simply had a very bad night. Although he has received criticism over stoppages and bad calls in the past, Dean has arguably been one of the most consistent referees in UFC history.

Unfortunately for Dolloway in Moscow, the highly experienced ref had a blunder that night. Following the heat from the MMA communities online, one man who was calling the fight, Dan Hardy, says Dean did Dolloway dirty.

Here’s what ‘The Outlaw’ told MMAFighting.com’s Luke Thomas during ‘The MMA Hour:’

“It’s difficult to criticize Herb Dean because he’s refereed me before and he’s been excellent. He’s had an excellent career as a referee so far. I mean, I don’t know what went wrong, to be honest. For me and I think for everyone in the arena who starts to boo, I think we all saw the fight was over.”

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“I feel like Herb did him a disservice there,” Hardy said. “He could have saved him from at least 10 seconds of punches. He was curled up on his side, then he moved belly down, and for me, that’s too many, when they’re belly down, they’re done.”

“I watched the fight back today and I think it was 26 seconds before the end of the round, I said something about Dollaway, fatigue had taken over and he had not a lot to give,” Hardy said. “He was trying to fight back he’s a warrior, he wouldn’t give up. I always appreciate a guy who will take a beating until the referee stops it, but that’s what the referee is for is to save the fighters from themselves and from their ego and pride.”


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