That was longtime referee Herb Dean’s reaction when asked about Hollywood actor Michael Rapaport, who, for reasons not yet explained, moonlights as a mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst on FOX Sports 1.
Rapaport, citing “white-girl privilege,” took Dean to task for his stoppage in the Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes title fight at UFC 207 (replay here), which took place last Friday night (Dec. 30, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dean face-palms with TMZ:
“He knows about fights? He does fights? He referees or something? Some combat sports or something? There’s a lot of people who have opinions about things but have no idea about the criteria that we officials use when we’re gonna stop a fight. I’ll tell you why I stopped the fight. My primary duty as a referee is to prevent fighters from taking unnecessary injuries once the fight has been determined to no longer be competitive. That’s how I do my job.”
Sometimes good, sometimes ... not so much.
While the contest lasted just 48 seconds, the fight was hardly competitive. Rousey took a series on hard, unanswered blows and only remained upright because she tumbled into the cage (recap here).
Dean likely did her a favor, at least when it comes to her longterm health.