In my opinion, Herb Dean shares the number 1 spot with John McCarthy for being one of the best refs in MMA. I love Herb and think the world of his reffing skills. I still consider his stoppage of Tim Sylvia vs Frank Mir as the greatest referee moment in MMA history. It saddens me to say it, but his non-stoppage during the CB Dollaway vs Khalid Murtazaliev at the UFC, Moscow event today, was up there as one of the worst I’ve ever seen.
CB was done as done could be. He clearly didn’t want to tap to strikes, so he covered up. As Herb told him to fight back, CB continued to turtle and protect himself. Then, he laid face down on the mat and covered his face; Still, nothing.
The round came to an end and for all intensive purposes, Herb was prepared to let the fight go to the third round. Finally, CB said he was done and Herb stopped the fight. The announcers wanted it to be stopped, as well as the audience at home and fans on social media.
What do you think? Was it late or a good non-stoppage?