Herb Dean Explains Why He Didn’t Award Silva 3rd Round KO Over Bisping

MMA referee, Herb Dean, oversaw this past weekend’s main event fight between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping, at UFC Fight Night 84, in London, England. Dean has gotten a lot of heat for the way he handled a crazy situation in the third round of that fight, when Anderson Silva appeared to have possibly knocked out Michael Bisping with a flying knee, right before the end of the round.

Today, Herb Dean appeared on The MMA Hour and explained to Ariel Helwani why he didn’t award Anderson Silva the third round KO victory, over a fallen Michael Bisping.

Here’s what he said:

“Well, he hit him with the knee and dropped him, and then he walked off and started to celebrate. He had been dropped, but you know, in MMA we don’t stop the match just because someone gets dropped.

I saw that when he fell he was not unconscious. He was facing Anderson. Anderson didn’t give him a threat to protect himself from, but — I don’t want to start playing what if, what if he attacked and whatnot — the bottom line is he didn’t attack.

The round ended and, because Anderson was celebrating, there was some confusion as to what was going on. But I never had any confusion. I knew that I hadn’t stopped the match and that the match was going to continue.”

Although there was mere seconds left in the round when Michael Bisping crumpled to the ground, after Silva’s flying knee, if Silva followed up with some punches, he may have gotten the KO.

Because of all the confusion with Anderson Silva celebrating, the usual one minute in between rounds the fighters get, stretched out nearly thirty seconds longer.

Michael Bisping was still showing signs of being hurt when the fourth round began, but used his heart and determination to overcome it, and fight on to a unanimous decision win. View the official scorecard here.

Herb Dean makes his appearance on The MMA Hour at the 2:08:00 mark of the episode below.