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Referee Herb Dean Reveals The Real Reason For Not Intervening In Khabib-McGregor

Referee Herb Dean Reveals The Real Reason For Not Intervening In Khabib-McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor's fight at UFC 229 had a controversial aftermath, but there were also questions raised about what was happening inside the octagon.

There have been accusations fired at the 30-year-old Irishman for 'cheating' and breaking UFC's rules during the fight.

There are some people that are not happy with the Notorious being pulled up on his actions, with referee Herb Dean also being placed in the firing line for not acting on it.

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Now, the 48-year-old American ref has posted two videos on his Instagram explaining why he didn't intervene.

"My job is to facilitate exciting and clean matches," he said (via GiveMeSport). "Not to intervene.

"Any time I intervene, I run the risk of artificially affecting the outcome of the fight.


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"Even if I just talk to the fighter, I can distract him, he can take a shot, lose his position.

"Any time I see a foul, my job is to evaluate whether that is worth me intervening or not.

"Did it affect the fighter?

"In the Conor McGregor-Khabib fight, the fouls by Conor did not affect Khabib enough to warrant risking disadvantaging him by intervening."

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The Nevada Athletic Commission has temporarily suspended both fighters, while UFC president Dana White has revealed that McGregor wants a rematch with Khabib.

It's not stopped the Notorious from taking some time away from the octagon to turn up for Dallas Cowboys' match against Jacksonville Jaguars, but he might want to work on his ball-throwing technique.

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Did Dean make the right call?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, UFC 229, UFC News, UFC

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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