Herb Dean responds to criticism over Rousey-Nunes stoppage
“There are a lot of people who have opinions about things but have no idea of the criteria that we officials use when we’re going to stop a fight,”
On a recent episode of ‘Undisputed: With Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe’, actor, comedian and MMA fan Michael Rapaport blasted referee Herb Dean for his decision to stop the Main Event of UFC 207 between Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes after just 48 seconds. Rapaport claimed Dean stopped the fight early due to Rousey’s “white girl privilege” and also asserted that other fighters would have been given longer to fight back and recover.
“I think they stopped the fight too soon, and in my opinion that was white girl privilege working at its finest,” Rapaport said.
Herb Dean then responded to these criticisms in an interview with TMZ sports, the veteran MMA official said he believes those with uneducated opinions should stay quiet.
“There are a lot of people who have opinions about things but have no idea of the criteria that we officials use when we’re going to stop a fight,” Dean said. “I’ll tell you why I stopped the fight. I stopped the fight because it was, my main job, 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.”
Check out the video below to hear Herb’s reasoning behind stopping the fight when he did, as well as his thoughts on the outcome.