Interview With Referee Herb Dean

Herb Dean

Herb Dean is one of the most respected-  if not the most respected – referees in the fight game today.  Jeff Cain of MMAWeekly managed to get an interview with Dean to break down specific rules in MMA, namely striking the back of the head, illegal elbows and other important rules of conduct while in the octagon.  Below are some excerpts from the interview:

“The only illegal elbow is the one coming from noon to six, and what we mean by noon to six, because people start talking about the clock. ‘Where’s the clock? Is the clock as I see it, or if I’m on my back, or if I’m looking this way?’ What we mean is from the actual sky to the floor.

“Say you’re on your back, the clock isn’t in front of your face. That would be coming from wall to wall if you were to do that same motion. We’re actually talking about ceiling to floor is an illegal elbow. Any other elbow is fine.”

For the rest of this informative interview, click here.

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