Ajax loader

Tapology Site Search

Refereed by Herb Dean

Professional mixed martial arts referee Herb Dean is one of the most experienced and respected officials in the business. He has been third man in the cage for over 3500 professional MMA bouts, including more than 200 bouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, for which he has officiated matches since 2004. UFC President Dana White has publicly stated on more than one occasion that he believes Herb Dean is the best ref in MMA.

In addition to his primary role as an officiator, Dean is also an occasional MMA combatant. He fought his most notable opponent, Joe Riggs, in 2003, losing to strikes in the first round, but Dean also sports a submission victory and a TKO victory to his credit. Dean is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and an expert in both Karate and Judo.

Like any referee in the business long enough, and despite a generally stellar reputation, Dean has not stayed entirely free of criticism. His stoppage of the UFC 61 rematch between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock due to unanswered elbows on the ground was criticized as premature by many fans, as well as Shamrock himself. Though the camera replays clearly show Shamrock briefly go limp from the blows, and Ortiz attested to seeing and feeling the same thing, the popular groundswell for a "do over" was strong enough that the two met again six months later in December of 2006. With "Big" John McCarthy this time presiding, Ortiz finished Shamrock with strikes on the ground in round one yet again.

One of Dean's best moments as a ref came in his first ever UFC championship fight, the 2004 Heavyweight Championship matchup between Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia at UFC 48: Payback. Dean astutely, and decisively, stepped in to call a stop to the action at the 0:50 mark of the first round after witnessing an armbar by Mir snap Sylvia's forearm in two. Following an initial showering of boos Dean was vindicated moments later when the audience witnessed the breakage on the jumbo replay. Sylvia, who angrily protested at first, also came to thank Dean for prolonging his career and saving him from any further damage. Dean has gone on to referee countless other championship matchups, including Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir II at UFC 100, Lyoto Machida vs. "Shogun" Rua I, and Randy Couture vs. Gabe Gonzaga at UFC 74. Dean currently resides in Pasadena, California and continues to regularly officiate top matchups for the UFC, Strikeforce and other promotions.

Portions of this article draw on information contained on Herb Dean's official website, www.herbdean.com.

Refereed by Herb Dean

Bout   Event   Date   Org
Chase Gormley vs. Tanner Boser ACB 88 2018.06.16
Alan Philpott vs. Gustavo Falciroli ACB 88 2018.06.16
Karol Celiński vs. Luke Barnatt ACB 88 2018.06.16
Michael Tobin vs. Michael Mannue ACB 88 2018.06.16
EJ Brooks vs. Steven Kennedy ACB 88 2018.06.16
Sean Lally vs. Chris Curtis DW's Contender Series 2018 2018.06.12
Montel Jackson vs. Rico DiSciullo DW's Contender Series 2018 2018.06.12
Charles Oliveira vs. Clay Guida UFC 225 2018.06.09
Ricardo Lamas vs. Mirsad Bektic UFC 225 2018.06.09
Colby Covington vs. Rafael dos Anjos UFC 225 2018.06.09
Regis Sugden vs. Stephen Martin ACB 87 2018.05.19
Chris Miah vs. Carlos Abreu ACB 87 2018.05.19
Adlan Mamaev vs. Alex Gilpin ACB 87 2018.05.19
Mike Rhodes vs. Ibragim Chuzhigaev ACB 87 2018.05.19
Kane Mousah vs. Robert Whiteford ACB 87 2018.05.19
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Handong Kong Road FC 47 2018.05.12
Jae Hoon Kim vs. Aorigele II Road FC 47 2018.05.12
Chris Barnett vs. Alexandru Lungu Road FC 47 2018.05.12
Batraz Agnaev vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov ACB 86 2018.05.05
Gleristone Santos vs. Ali Bagov ACB 86 2018.05.05
Yusup Raisov vs. Marat Balaev ACB 86 2018.05.05
Alexey Polpudnikov vs. Georgi Karakhanyan ACB 86 2018.05.05
Asylzhan Bakhytzhanuly vs. Muslim Magomedov ACB 86 2018.05.05
Abdul Azim Badakhshi vs. Denis Kanakov ACB 86 2018.05.05
Magomed Ginazov vs. Anthony Leone ACB 85 2018.04.21
Baisangur Vakhitov vs. Wendres da Silva ACB 85 2018.04.21
Alexander Dolotenko vs. Nikola Dipchikov ACB 85 2018.04.21
Geane Herrera vs. Darren Mima ACB 85 2018.04.21
Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje UFC on FOX 29 2018.04.14
Marvin Vettori vs. Israel Adesanya UFC on FOX 29 2018.04.14
Tim Boetsch vs. Antônio Carlos Júnior UFC on FOX 29 2018.04.14
Lom-Ali Eskijew vs. Luis Palomino ACB 84 2018.04.07
Joshua Aveles vs. Adrian Zieliński ACB 84 2018.04.07
Darren Smith Jr. vs. Yusup Umarov ACB 84 2018.04.07
Nah-shon Burrell vs. Arbi Agujev ACB 84 2018.04.07
Arbi Mezhidov vs. Jose Zarauz ACB 84 2018.04.07
Luis Nogueira vs. Islam Siszbulatow ACB 84 2018.04.07
Attila Korkmaz vs. Tural Ragimov ACB 83 2018.03.24
Bobby Brents vs. Daniel Omielańczuk ACB 83 2018.03.24
Dileno Lopes vs. Islam Yunusov ACB 83 2018.03.24
Ibrahim Magomedov vs. Rafael Xavier ACB 83 2018.03.24
Rustam Kerimov vs. Oleg Borisov ACB 83 2018.03.24
Sergej Grecicho vs. Alikhan Suleimanov ACB 83 2018.03.24
Mikhail Kolobegov vs. Thiago Silva ACB 82 2018.03.09
Alexandre Hoffmann vs. Gregory Milliard ACB 82 2018.03.09
Nashkho Galaev vs. Matheus Mattos ACB 82 2018.03.09
Christos Giagos vs. Herdeson Batista ACB 82 2018.03.09
Maycon Silvan vs. José Maria Tomé ACB 82 2018.03.09
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve UFC 222 2018.03.03
Zak Ottow vs. Mike Pyle UFC 222 2018.03.03
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Cristiane Justino UFC 222 2018.03.03
Leandro Silva vs. Abdul-Rakhman Dzhanaev ACB 81 2018.02.23
Roan Carneiro vs. Aslambek Saidov ACB 81 2018.02.23
Alex Morono vs. Josh Burkman UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Yancy Medeiros vs. Donald Cerrone UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Roberto Sanchez vs. Joby Sanchez UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Taigro Costa vs. Mukhamed Kokov ACB 80 2018.02.16
Daniel Santos vs. Dukvakha Astamirov ACB 80 2018.02.16
Albert Tumenov vs. Nah-shon Burrell ACB 80 2018.02.16
Gleristone Santos vs. Islam Makoev ACB 80 2018.02.16
Ruslan Belikov vs. Valeriy Khazhirokov ACB 80 2018.02.16
Igor Svirid vs. Ibragim Chuzhigaev II ACB 80 2018.02.16
Arbi Agujev vs. Marcelo Alfaya ACB 79 2018.01.27
Xavier Alaoui vs. Shamil Shakhbulatov ACB 79 2018.01.27
Michał Wiencek vs. Husein Kushagov ACB 79 2018.01.27
Baisangur Vakhitov vs. Jae Young Kim ACB 79 2018.01.27
Luis Fernando Miranda vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov ACB 79 2018.01.27
Francis N'Gannou vs. Stipe Miocic UFC 220 2018.01.20
Rob Font vs. Thomas Almeida UFC 220 2018.01.20
Holly Holm vs. Cristiane Justino UFC 219 2017.12.30
Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree UFC 219 2017.12.30
Marc Diakiese vs. Daniel Hooker UFC 219 2017.12.30
Alexey Polpudnikov vs. Arman Ospanov ACB 77 2017.12.23
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. Albert Duraev ACB 77 2017.12.23
Cory Hendricks vs. Konstantin Erokhin ACB 77 2017.12.23
Maycon Silvan vs. Mansur Khatuev ACB 77 2017.12.23
Chase Gormley vs. Denis Goltsov ACB 77 2017.12.23
Asylzhan Bakhytzhanuly vs. Muslim Makhmudov ACB 77 2017.12.23
Sergey Belostenniy vs. Amirkhan Isagadzhiev ACB 77 2017.12.23
Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Jan Błachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Ty Duncan vs. Saeed Fatahifar ACB 76 Gold Coast 2017.12.09
Tim Moore vs. Trent Girdham ACB 76 Gold Coast 2017.12.09
José Aldo vs. Max Holloway II UFC 218 2017.12.02
Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje UFC 218 2017.12.02
David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose UFC 218 2017.12.02
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi UFC 218 2017.12.02
Sean O'Malley vs. Terrion Ware The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale 2017.12.01
Bobby Nash vs. Kenan Song UFC Fight Night 122 2017.11.25
Jingliang Li vs. Zak Ottow UFC Fight Night 122 2017.11.25
Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy UFC Fight Night 122 2017.11.25
Efrain Escudero vs. Musa Khamanaev ACB 74 2017.11.18
Georgi Valentinov vs. Ismail Naurdiev ACB 74 2017.11.18
Andrew Fisher vs. Akop Stepanyan ACB 74 2017.11.18
Stanislav Vlasenko vs. Dominik Schober ACB 74 2017.11.18
Yincang Bao vs. Kota Shimoishi Road FC 44 2017.11.11
Anding Ma vs. Kiyoshi Kuwabara Road FC 44 2017.11.11
Yilan Sha vs. Shunya Imai Road FC 44 2017.11.11
Nandin-Erdene Munguntsooj vs. Mansour Barnaoui Road FC 44 2017.11.11
Bruno Miranda vs. Yilan Sha Road FC 44 2017.11.11
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Aorigele Road FC 44 2017.11.11
Rustam Asuev vs. Maike Linhares ACB 73 2017.10.21
Leandro Silva vs. Islam Makoev ACB 73 2017.10.21
Adilson Ramos vs. Adlan Bataev ACB 73 2017.10.21
Imran Abaev vs. Luiz Dutra Jr. ACB 73 2017.10.21
Viskhan Magomadov vs. Herbert Batista ACB 73 2017.10.21
Alan Gomes vs. Shamil Akhmaev ACB 73 2017.10.21
Fabrício Werdum vs. Walt Harris UFC 216 2017.10.07
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee UFC 216 2017.10.07
Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata UFC 216 2017.10.07
Dukvakha Astamirov vs. Dileno Lopes ACB 71 2017.09.30
Jonas Billstein vs. Alexey Butorin ACB 71 2017.09.30
Rustam Kerimov vs. Takeya Mizugaki ACB 71 2017.09.30
Taichi Nakajima vs. Tural Ragimov ACB 71 2017.09.30
Cheya Saleem vs. Aaron Robinson ACB 70 2017.09.23
Will Noland vs. Ibragim Chuzhigaev ACB 70 2017.09.23
Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham ACB 70 2017.09.23
Diego Marlon vs. Bubba Jenkins ACB 70 2017.09.23
Shoaib Yousaf vs. Jordan Vucenic ACB 70 2017.09.23
Ashley Reece vs. Sam Boult ACB 70 2017.09.23
Alex Enlund vs. Kane Mousah ACB 70 2017.09.23
Ramazon Nazarov vs. Bakhtiyar Nesipbek ACB 69 2017.09.09
Gusein Khalikhov vs. Fatkhidin Sobirov ACB 68 2017.08.26
Mubaraksho Mubarakshoev vs. Arif Koyuncu ACB 68 2017.08.26
Azam Gaforov vs. Ivan Andrushchenko ACB 68 2017.08.26
Ahmed Wali Hotak vs. Denis Kanakov ACB 68 2017.08.26
Lambert Akhiadov vs. Nemat Abdrashitov ACB 68 2017.08.26
Mindaugas Veržbickas vs. Sharaf Davlatmurodov ACB 68 2017.08.26
Radzhabali Fayzidini vs. Yuri Semenov ACB 68 2017.08.26
Mukhamad Vakhaev vs. Denis Goltsov ACB 67 2017.08.19
Luis Palomino vs. Yusup Raisov ACB 67 2017.08.19
Gleristone Santos vs. Alexander Shabliy ACB 67 2017.08.19
Rasul Shovhalov vs. Tiago Trator ACB 67 2017.08.19
Muslim Makhmudov vs. Jose Daniel Toledo Canellas ACB 67 2017.08.19
Evgeniy Lazukov vs. Shamil Shakhbulatov ACB 67 2017.08.19
Darren Mima vs. Rasul Albaskhanov ACB 67 2017.08.19
Charles Byrd vs. Randall Wallace DW's Contender Series 2017 2017.08.15
Cameron Olson vs. Karl Reed DW's Contender Series 2017 2017.08.15
Justin Baesman vs. Brandon Hester Global Knockout 10 2017.08.05
Nohelin Hernandez vs. Fierce Taylor Jr. Global Knockout 10 2017.08.05
Jared Vanderaa vs. Idrees Wasi Global Knockout 10 2017.08.05
Eric Smith vs. Chad Hanekom Global Knockout 10 2017.08.05
Martin Sandoval vs. Josh Paiva Global Knockout 10 2017.08.05
Julian Marquez vs. Phil Hawes DW's Contender Series 2017 2017.08.01
Carlos Candelario vs. Ronaldo Candido DW's Contender Series 2017 2017.08.01
Sijara Eubanks vs. Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 2017.07.31
Demian Maia vs. Tyron Woodley UFC 214 2017.07.29
Aljamain Sterling vs. Renan Barão UFC 214 2017.07.29
Aleksandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran UFC 214 2017.07.29

  • MMAFighting.com : Marlon Moraes believes fans would rather see him fight for title than Raphael Assuncao
  • MMAFighting.com : Curtis Blaydes explains why he walks out to the Mortal Kombat theme song
  • MMAFighting.com : Josh Barnett confirms UFC departure
  • MMAFighting.com : Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres details dropping 26 pounds to hit flyweight on short notice
  • MMAFighting.com : Chris Weidman confident he could finish Whittaker: ‘That’s a guy I match up really well against’
  • MMAFighting.com : The Weekly Grind: Tai Tuivasa does shoey at club, Tyron Woodley, Darren Till take shots at Colby Covington
  • MMAFighting.com : Dustin Poirier: Eddie Alvarez most ‘dangerous’ when he’s ‘cornered’
  • MMAFighting.com : The UFC Performance Institute wants to curtail extreme weight cutting, but answers are hard to come by
  • MMAFighting.com : Colby Covington to Tyron Woodley: ‘I’m sending you to sleep for good’
  • MMAFighting.com : After McGregor bus attack and infant son’s hospitalization, Ray Borg plots welcome comeback
  • MMAFighting.com : Arnold Allen recalls being warned off steroids by strongman father as a child
  • MMAFighting.com : Michael Bisping looks back on favorite moments from his UFC career
  • MMAFighting.com : ONE champ Angela Lee calls car accident ‘a restart button’ for her fighting career
  • MMAFighting.com : Curtis Blaydes wants Ngannou rematch if not title shot, makes pick for Miocic vs. DC
  • MMAFighting.com : Austin Springer on the outside looking in after not receiving Contender Series contract
  • MMAFighting.com : Fightweets: Lyoto Machida signing caps Bellator’s big week
  • MMAFighting.com : Donald Cerrone says he almost called off UFC Singapore main event with Edwards due to illness
  • MMAFighting.com : Leon Edwards praises ‘legend’ Cerrone, wants to fight Masvidal in Birmingham
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC Singapore bonuses: Ovince Saint Preux earns $50,000 for wild submission of Tyson Pedro
  • MMAFighting.com : Leon Edwards vs. Donald Cerrone UFC Singapore scorecard