Herb Dean explains Fedor vs. Henderson stoppage: "The fight is over when he's unconscious"Posted on August 1, 2011, 02:08 PM by Joey Santosus
"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. I can't predict how long he's going to be unconscious for. The fight is over when he's unconscious. 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. I stepped in to support him once he stood up because his balance was still not totally there. I believe his motor control was still questionable. 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."
No controversy here... That's according to veteran mixed martial arts referee Herb Dean, who told MMAJunkie.com that if he had the Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko fight to officiate again, he'd make the same call he did on Saturday night in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Two of the most beloved fighters in the sport, Henderson and Emelianenko pulled no punches when the bell sounded on their main event clash last weekend. Unsurprisingly, when one of them dropped, so did the hearts of the thousands of Fedor fans around the world who'd hoped to see "The Last Emperor" re-emerge as a top contender. Whether or not Emelianenko, if allowed to continue, could have pulled off another victory from the clutches of defeat will forever remain a mystery, but in the mind of Dean, it's not one worth solving at the cost of a fighter's health. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Two days removed from the debate-stirring stoppage, has your stance on the outcome changed or have you remained steadfast in your opinion?