UFC referee Herbert Dean (born September 30, 1970) is an American professional mixed martial arts referee and former competitor. Referees in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have been referred to as the “gold standard” by Dana White, Joe Rogan, ESPN.com, Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, SB Nation, Fightland, and other media outlets.
Herb Dean’s Worth
Herb Dean’s net worth is reportedly $1.5 million, according to Otakukart. A former professional fighter, he now makes his living as a referee in mixed martial arts fights after quitting the sport. Referees in this sport make substantially less money than their counterparts in boxing. However, Dean has also made a small fortune through acting.
His countless accolades and achievements in the ring haven’t spared Dean the occasional controversy. Critics pointed out that he should not have stopped the title bout between Urijah Faber and Renan Baro on the main night of UFC 169.
For a late stoppage of C. B. Dollaway and Khalid Murtazaliev’s fight at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik in 2018, Dean received additional criticism. Dana White chastised Dean for scoring a victory to Ben Askren, who had done a bulldog choke on Robbie Lawler, in March of 2019.
Fighting Career in MMA
Dean is a professional mixed martial artist with a record of 2-3. In September 2001, he submitted Randy Halmot in his professional debut at Gladiator Challenge 6.
Against Joe Riggs in early 2003, he lost. At KOTC 39: Hitmaster, Dean defeated Timothy Mendoza via TKO. In the following two matches, he was defeated by Jung Gyu Choi and Dave Legeno.
The MMA Refereeing Career of Dean
The referee for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Herb Dean is now better known (UFC). Dana White and Joe Rogan have both praised Dean as the best referee in MMA. There have also been stories published in media such as SB Nation and Fightland that characterize the referee in the same way.
When it comes to watching matches, Dana White says that he never doubts Dean’s judgment since he has the ability to see things that most people do not, especially in slow motion.
As an Actor
In addition to his work in the ring, Dean has appeared in a number of films. “Here Comes the Boom,” a 2012 comedy starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler, and Salma Hayek, featured a cameo appearance by him as well.
At a later date, his acting career included a brief appearance in “A Violent Man,” which was released in 2017. Two years later, Dean had a minor role in the South Korean action horror film “The Divine Fury,” which tells the story of a disturbed youngster who gains divine abilities and becomes an MMA fighter.
UFC Most Notable fights
Over the years, Dean has served as a referee in a number of high-profile sporting events. UFC 48, held in the summer of 2004, was one of them. There was a fight between Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir.
When he learned that Sylvia had broken Dean’s arm, Dean tried to stop the battle. Sylvia got into an argument with him and insisted that the battle should continue in its present form. That’s when match-stopping physician Dr. Margaret Goodman came into play.
The rematch between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock at UFC 61 was a major affair. At this point, Dean entered the ring and intervened to end the fight, this time after Ortiz had repeatedly elbowed Shamrock and he did not respond. Dean had to lead an enraged Shamrock out of the Octagon. TKO victory for Ortiz.
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