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“Herb Dean Is the Worst Referee in the UFC. Damn Man” – UFC World Erupts After Late Stoppage at UFC Vegas 62

Published 10/15/2022, 9:18 PM EDT

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The UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araujo on Oct. 15 was rightly touted to be one of the most interesting events. Stacked with incredible fights and matchups, fans eagerly waited for the event. The co-main event of UFC Vegas 62 featured the UFC veteran Cub Swanson, making his UFC bantamweight debut. Cub Swanson scaled down to 135 pounds as the veteran looked to complete his UFC profile and experience a new challenge.

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The fight was a typical striker vs grappling display. Further, his opponent, Jonathan ‘Dragon’ Martinez, came to the fight on a three-win streak. And therefore, Cub Swanson entered the ring as an underdog.


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However, unfortunately for the veteran, the fight didn’t pan out as planned for him.

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California-born entered the Octagon with a quick finish in his mind. Nonetheless, ‘The Dragon’ looked set to join the elites of the 135-pound division, given his recent form.

While some fans expected Martinez to crumble under pressure, this was not the case.


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Kicks of Dragon troubled the striker throughout the fight, followed by some beautiful boxing combinations. Even in the first round, Cub Swanson got hit with a huge knee, and he closely escaped the first round, merely saved by the bell.

Some fans can even point out that Herb Dean was lenient with Swanson toward the dying seconds of the first round.

How did the fans react?

The MMA fans were in awe of Jonathan Martinez’s lethal kicking skills. But at the same time, UFC referee Herb Dean divided the opinions of the fans.

Actually, in the dying seconds of the first round, Martinez locked Cub Swanson in a choke, and it looked all over for the UFC veteran. However, Herb Dean didn’t stop the fight and as a result, Swanson escaped with a whisker.

After the fight, fans voiced their opinion to sack Herb Dean for his no-stoppage call.

Hence, one user commented, “Herb Dean is the worst referee in the UFC. Damn man. #UFCVegas62

Thus, several people shared their opinions on Twitter.

Herb Dean received tons of criticism.

Many UFC fans questioned the referee’s judgement.

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Additionally, people questioned why he was still in the promotion.


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What do you think of this bout? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohit Lohan

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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his undergraduate as a History major, he is currently pursuing LLB. Rohit is a big MMA fan and has been following UFC since 2017.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu