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Video: Dan Hardy rips into Herb Dean on air for late stoppages

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Following two controversial stoppages involving referee Herb Dean, UFC commentator Dan Hardy took action and let Dean know what he thought of his performance.

UFC Fight Night: Trinaldo v Herbert Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Fight Island in Abu Dhabi has gained somewhat of a reputation as being way more hardcore than your average location for mixed martial arts. While New York will stop a fight the moment a fighter starts looking wobbly or a cut appears anywhere near an eye, Fight Island has featured several bouts where the refs just let things go an extra five, ten, hell why not twenty blows longer than they should.

The best example of this is the Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo finish, which featured Yan wailing on Aldo for over a minute. This past Saturday’s fights at UFC Fight Island 3 weren’t as horrific but pretty bad in their own way, and they both featured well known referee Herb Dean taking a few extra seconds to step in and save a downed fighter. In the prelims, Tanner Boser hit Raphael Pessoa with a knuckle in the eye which dropped Pessoa. Pessoa then took several pretty unnecessary punches to the face before Dean stepped in.

The really bad one though was the preliminary card main event between Francisco Trinaldo and Jai Herbert. Trinaldo smoked Herbert with a massive overhand left that felled him like a tree. Herbert went still and hit the canvas hard, but because his arm was still up in the air Herb must have thought he was still somewhat conscious. If he was, he wasn’t after Trinaldo stood over him for a few seconds waiting for the fight to be stopped before obliging Dean with four pistons right to Herbert’s face.

Commentator Dan Hardy was not happy with that, screaming “Stop the fight! That’s two times now!”

BT Sport caught another angle of the commentary booth clearly unhappy with Dean’s efforts, or lack thereof.

Not caught on video camera (but audible over the feed) was Hardy going over to castigate Dean following his second slow stoppage of the evening.

UFC Fight Night: Trinaldo v Herbert Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

“I’m doing my job, now you do yours!” an agitated Hardy told Dean. “Gotta look out for these fighters! My goodness!”

Following the event, Paul Felder threw in his two cents during the post-fight show.

“His job is to protect the fighter and if the fighter is out,” Felder said. I don’t care if there’s one second left on the clock, if he’s knocked out and he’s stiff? Look at that fight again and look at his hands and where he’s at. Just because he’s doing this, stiff, does not mean he’s defending punches. If Trinaldo can stand over you being the scary man that he is for a good three seconds without having a punch and you don’t move? You’re out.”

“He’s really defending himself,” Felder said sarcastically as the replay aired. “He’s really putting on the fight of his life here. He ate shots that he didn’t have to eat.”

Some agreed with Hardy and Felder voicing their disapproval...

And some did not.

What do you think, Maniacs? Dean giving the fighters a chance to get out of bad positions, or just crappy reffing?