In the world of UFC, a big boom was caused by Dan Hardy's criticism of referee Herb Dean after he prevented a knockout by Trinaldo “Yeah, but I feel like there’s a lot of confusion around this still,” Hardy recently told MMA Junkie Radio.
“I’ve kind of put it out of my mind. It became so frustratingly irritating that people didn’t have the right information”. , as quoted by mmajunkie Dean thinks they got what they wanted out of context “(Dean) came over to me and spoke to me at the desk,” Hardy said.
(White saying), ‘You can never approach an official.’ That was not aimed at me. I’m not taking that as being aimed at me in any way. That was, to me, related to the fight the following week at UAE Warriors where one of the fighters wouldn’t let go of the choke and then pushed Marc Goddard, who was the official on that night.
It was a bit of a mix of a reply from Dana at the press conference. That, to me, was what he was replying to. I didn’t approach an official”.
Hardy believes that no one should be hurt because he was just saying what he thought and that the judge should do his job according to the rules“ I’ve spoken to the UFC about it,” Hardy said.
“They don’t want me shouting at the officials on the broadcast. That was my feedback from it. At the same time, I don’t want to be put in a position where an official isn’t doing their job. … I just want accountability.
That’s all I want. We’re in a sport where people can get seriously hurt – permanently seriously hurt”. He is also ready to talk to the judge if there is a need for that “Herb has refereed me a couple of times,” Hardy said.
“I’ve always respected him as a highly experienced official. There’s no denying he’s a good referee. There’s also no denying that he’s human, and people do make mistakes. We don’t grow unless we take accountability for those mistakes.
That’s all it was about. I have nothing against Herb. If he wants a conversation with me about it, I will have one in private or in public. He can come on the podcast, and I’ll discuss it with him on record. There are lots of things we can all learn from it”.