‘We Need More Options’- Herb Dean Speaks Out on UFC Rules on Petr Yan Illegal Knee Incident

Published 05/03/2021, 11:31 AM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Petr Yan of Russia celebrates his TKO victory over Douglas Silva de Andrade of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC has witnessed a number of disqualifications due to illegal hits recently. The latest fight between Randa Markos and Luana Pinheiro for one comes to mind. While before that, the fight between Petr Yan and Sterling was also stopped because of an illegal knee by Yan.

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While the UFC has made these rules to protect the fighters, sometimes these rules become a disadvantage for fighters. After they disqualified Yan in his fight against Sterling, many fans and critics from all over the world commented on the situation.

Recently, Herb Dean shared his views on the same. Dean was talking about what he thought of the disqualification and how the rules in the UFC functioned.

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There’s a lot going on with that situation, the way the rules are written, there’s part of it that’s the interpretation of the official. But there are some things in the rules that there’s a must and you have to.

“I think that we need more options and more tools, because every situation, not every situation, is black and white. Every situation is far from black and white and every time you’re in there you’re getting a different touch or a different spin on the situation every time.”

Herb Dean believes the Petr Yan fight should not have ended that way

Dean is one of the best referees in the UFC and has been doing his job for a long time. The veteran referee has a plethora of in-ring experience, both as a fighter and a referee. Therefore, Dean shared his views about the rules and about the Petr Yan fight specifically.

When talking specifically about the Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling fight. He said, “So it’s hard to make these rules that are cookie colored things and expect these situations will fit inside them.

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“So I think that we are looking at some of those rules and set them up so that the referees can have more choice. And I just think it was an unfortunate way for a championship fight to end.”

The UFC meant for these rules to protect the fighters and to ensure the smooth functioning of fights. However, sometimes these rules are not fair as the situation in the ring might differ from what they made the rule for.

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Herb Dean is someone who thinks that there is scope for some changes in these rules. What do you think?

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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