. After reviewing tape, referee Dean still comfortable with Emelianenko stoppage
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08.01.2011

After reviewing tape, referee Dean still comfortable with Emelianenko stoppage

Referee Herb Dean has reviewed the footage of his call this past Saturday in the main event of "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson" and has come to the same conclusion as the one he made in a split second.

 Fedor Emelianenko was unconscious, taking punishment, and out of the fight.

 "If I was to do it again – if I see a fighter face down receiving shots, I'm going to step in and stop the fight," Dean today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I can't predict how long he's going to be unconscious for."

 Time, as it happened, was in short supply when Dan Henderson snuck an uppercut in on Fedor Emelianenko – after being felled himself – and caught the Russian's chin. Emelianenko pancaked on the mat as Henderson swarmed with punches. In the blink of an eye, Dean had intervened to stop the fight, and Henderson was the winner by TKO.

 "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson" took place at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and its main card aired live on Showtime.

 It was a blazingly fast stoppage, and many fans weren't happy with it. Online outcry immediately pointed to the shots Emelianenko took after the uppercut and the fact that he rolled to his back after the shot.

 But Dean said he had already made his decision to stop the fight when he saw Emelianenko go out and had touched Henderson to initiate his wave-off prior to the roll. That Henderson landed two punches in the interim was irrelevant.

 "The fight is over when he's unconscious," Dean said. "Because he comes back swiftly after I've already stepped in and stopped the fight, I can't restart the fight. Dan's still throwing punches, but once I've touched Dan, I've stopped the fight."

 As post-fight pandemonium set in, Dean came to Emelianenko's aid. No words were exchanged.

 "I stepped in to support him once he stood up because his balance was still not totally there," he said. "I believe his motor control was still questionable."

 It was Emelianenko's third consecutive loss, and Henderson's third consecutive win using his fists. For Emelianenko's diehard fans, it was heartbreak.

 Dean, though, did his job to the best of his abilities.

 "Once I see an unconscious fighter receiving blows while unconscious, that's my job to prevent him from receiving more blows, and that's what I'm going to do," he said.

Fedor, fight source: http://mmajunkie.com/news/24645/after-reviewing-tape-referee-dean-still-comfortable-with-emelianenko-stoppage.mma

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josh83  

- 0 + Aug 14 2011, 08:18 AM
herb dean was payed off

Randy27846  

- 0 + Aug 06 2011, 02:14 PM
Dana White has had it out fof Fedor ever since Fedor turned down the UFC contract. Dana told Herb to stop the fight the first chance he had. It's all personal from Dana towards Fedor!!

A.Juric  

- 0 + Aug 05 2011, 09:27 AM
White appeared to relish the release by adding “You guys thought he was the pound-for-pound best in the world, but I thought he was overrated for years.” KISS MY ASS DANA WHITE.

MichaelS5581  

- 1 + Aug 05 2011, 06:07 AM
I think the fight was bullshit!!!!!!! I think fedor deserved a chance 2 at least try 2 get up, but nah! Stupid ref jumped in and stopped it!!!!!! I think the fight was fixed, and the ref made his choice, cos Dana white payed him 2 do so. I am so angry that this happen, and it was a poor call from the ref.

el_maestro  

- 2 + Aug 04 2011, 07:07 PM
Fedor still the BEST

el_maestro  

- 4 + Aug 04 2011, 07:06 PM
This fight was called to early by the refree fight should not have stopped. Dana RETARDED White does not want Fedor to fight anymore . Fedor should have a REMATCH against Henderson. Fedor was winning the fight. show comment hide this comment

NelsonLaw23  

- 0 + Aug 04 2011, 01:02 AM
Herb Dean did what he thought was the best to protect Fedor. I don't agree with that stoppage call but it happend. Fighters win and lose also; that's part of the game. The thing is; Fedor look awesome in the fight; his hands were fast; Come on Fedor; Keep fighting!!! You could beat anybody!!! Russia needs you!!

Mario  

- 0 + Aug 03 2011, 01:14 PM
fedor is still no.1 God bless you

cranyonrye  

- 0 + Aug 03 2011, 09:24 AM
Just watched Fedor and Hendos sensational fight- I hope Fedor keeps on fighting. To me Fedor is still looking real good, in terms of his three recent losses - it happens, you cant with them all. My only comment is that I think the big guy is putting far to much pressure on himself to win and it shows that his biggest opponent is the reputation he has to live up to. Take the pressure off yourself big man, you have nothing left to prove - enjoy competing in your sport, or enjoy retirement but dont carry that reputation around on your back, its too much of a burden. Relax and let it flow and enjoy.

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