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Jorge Masvidal: ‘I hope that as long as I compete, Herb Dean never referees a fight of mine’

Jorge Masvidal has had enough of Herb Dean officiating his bouts. The two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title challenger and one-time Baddest Motherf—ker (BMF) titlist last fought against his bitter rival, Colby Covington, in a March 2022 showdown. Masvidal dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to “Chaos” (watch highlights) and suffered perhaps more of a defeat mentally than physically. However, he has now noted that he’ll be undergoing surgery after some of the fouls he believes Covington got away with thanks to Dean.
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Jorge Masvidal accuses Herb Dean of bias, never wants him as referee again

Jorge Masvidal believes Herb Dean doesn’t treat him fairly and no longer wants the veteran referee to oversee his UFC fights. Later this month, Masvidal said he’ll undergo laser eye surgery for an injury caused by a foul from Colby Covington at the start of their UFC 272 grudge match. He indicated Dean did a poor job officiating the fight and accused the ref of not calling fouls at critical moments.
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Morning Report: Aljamain Sterling believes Herb Dean made ‘perfect stoppage’ in Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Aljamain Sterling believes that Herb Dean got it right. In the main event of UFC Vegas 56, Alexander Volkov scored an early TKO victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, knocking him out in 2:12 seconds; however, the outcome was not without controversy. Though Rozenstruik was clearly hurt from the strikes of Volkov early, when referee Herb Dean waived the bout off, “Bigi Boy” was on his feet and immediately protesting the stoppage. But bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling believes Dean make the correct call.
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UFC 273 results: Alexander Volkanovski outclasses ‘The Korean Zombie’ before Herb Dean prevents more damage

Alexander Volkanovski showed he was a level above his opposition once again Saturday, when he defeated “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. In the UFC 273 main event, Volkanovski (24-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) stopped Jung (17-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) with strikes at 0:45 of Round 4 to retain his featherweight title. The bout took place at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Dana White criticizes Herb Dean after controversial stoppage at UFC Vegas 42

UFC President Dana White was not pleased by veteran referee Herb Dean’s performance in the UFC Vegas 42 co-main event. The heavyweight fight came to an odd stoppage when Dean appeared to restrain Marcos Rogerio de Lima amid a flurry of hard punches landed on Rothwell, only to stand by when Rothwell appeared to drive in for a takedown and toppled over as de Lima countered with a choke. Looking back at the ref, de Lima appeared to apologize to Dean, who clarified that he had stopped the bout just 32 seconds into the opening round.
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Francis Ngannou praises Herb Dean for stoppage in Stipe Miocic rematch at UFC 260

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou praised referee Herb Dean for his stoppage in the Stipe Miocic rematch that took place at UFC 260. Ngannou knocked Miocic down in the second round with a powerful punch that saw the former champ fall to the canvas in a scary fashion as his leg was bent backward. Thankfully, Dean was able to rush in and stop the fight, but not after Ngannou landed a huge hammer fist on his downed opponent that knocked him out cold. Some fans were critical of Dean as they believed that he way late in stopping the fight, but as far as Ngannou goes — the man who knows better than anyone — Dean did a good job.
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Dan Hardy says Herb Dean “makes a mistake almost on a weekly basis”

Dan Hardy doesn’t understand why Herb Dean is considered the gold standard of MMA referees. Dean is often the man in charge of UFC main events, however, Hardy believes he is constantly making mistakes. The two haven’t gotten along since their Fight Island incident last summer where Hardy was seen yelling to stop the fight when Francisco Trinaldo was landing heavy punches against Jai Herbert.
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John McCarthy shares his thoughts on the stoppages from referee Herb Dean at UFC Vegas 19

John McCarthy has assessed Herb Dean’s performance at UFC Vegas 19. In the main event of the card, Dean was the third man in the Octagon for Derrick Lewis vs Curtis Blaydes. In the early going, Dean was doing a solid job monitoring the eye pokes. Yet, as Lewis landed the KO punch, “The Black Beast” followed it up with some more shots. He said it was Herb Dean’s fault, but John McCarthy believes Dean did everything he was supposed to.
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