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Herb Dean is an American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) referee, former fighter and actor. He was born on September 30, 1970 in Pasadena, California, USA, and is also known by the stage names “The Predator” and “The Gold Standard”.

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early life

Education and family

There isn’t much information about Herb’s early upbringing, childhood, or family. However, it is known that he started practicing martial arts when… he was nine years old, and trained in various disciplines in his teens. His extensive training made him a Judo fighter and second Dan Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu.

Career

Education

He continued to practice martial arts until his adulthood – in 1993, when UFC 1 was in its early stages, he trained with Frank Trejo.

At the time, MMA was an unknown sport and it was uncertain whether there would be a UFC 2.

However, in 1996 Herb Dean met Larry Landless and he started his MMA training at Submission Factory. He said ‘(I) found what I was looking for, cohesive and complete MMA training’.

Fighter

Herb Dean made his MMA fighter debut in 2001 in the heavyweight (265lb) division. His career as a professional MMA fighter lasted six years, during which he fought in five matches. His first competitive event was against Randy Halmot in Colusa, California, titled “Gladiator Challenge 6” and took place on September 9, 2001. He won the match by submitting via a front choke in 0:43 seconds of the first round.

Herb’s second match as an MMA professional was on January 18, 2003 in Arizona.

Herb lost this event by submitting to Joe Riggs via punches in 0:52 seconds in the “Rage in the Cage 43: The Match” event. Over a year later, on August 6, 2004, the “KOTC 39: Hitmaster” event was celebrated in San Jacinto, California. Herb won the match against Timothy Mendoza, by TKO via knee and punches in 3:31 minutes of the second round.

Herb’s fourth event “Spirit MC 9” was two months later, on October 8, 2006, in South Korea. Herb lost this match against Jung Gyu Choi in two rounds, by submitting in 3:51 minutes.

His fifth and final match was the “Cage Rage 22” event in London, England on July 14, 2007. His opponent Dave Lego won the match by TKO through an eye injury. The fight lasted five minutes and one round.

He made his retirement official in 2007.

Referee

Herb Dean is best known for his work as an MMA referee, starting in 2004 before retiring as a fighter. He refereed a total of 3,000 matches, some of which were famous and legendary.

One of the most legendary matches he refereed was Tim Sylvia vs. Frank Mir on June 19, 2004 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Dean stopped the fight when he claimed at 0:50 of the first round that Sylvia’s forearm broke as a result of an armbar. Dean yelled ‘Stop, stop, stop! The fight is over!’ but Sylvia argued with him, claiming he was fine and denying that his arm was broken.

‘I heard it snap. I saw it go.’ Dean said to Sylvia. Dean’s claims were later confirmed by physician Dr. Margaret Goodman, though Sylvia continued to deny it.

The match ended and Sylvia later underwent an X-ray that showed that his arm was indeed broken and required surgery.

Tim Sylvia was later interviewed and admitted he knew his arm was broken, but he didn’t want to stop the fight. He also said that Dean saved his career by stopping the fight when he did.

Another of Dean’s most memorable fights as a referee was on July 8, 2006, in the second match between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock. Dean stopped the fight at 1:18 of the first round and gave the win to Ortiz. Shamrock protested Dean’s decision, but when Ortiz and Shamrock met for the third time, Ortiz won again.

Herb Dean

In 2007, Dean refereed the game of Mirko Cro vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, in which he rose from the guard position. Gonzaga eventually won the match after he managed to put Mirko against the cage and knock him out with a kick to the head. Dean prevented Mirko from sustaining a serious injury when he dislodged his foot from beneath him, which was trapped and twisted backwards.

Controversy

Dana White, who is the UFC president, has said that Dean is “one of the best referees.” He also said that he never questions Herb and trusts his decisions after his work as a referee between Sylvia and Mir in 2004. More recently, however, he said that Herb “made a mistake‘ in reference to his work stoppage in the battle between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber.

In addition to that controversy, Dean was also criticized for his interruptions in other fights. Regarding the fight between Khalid Murtazaliev and CB Dollaway, he was told by MMA fans on Twitter that his interruption was “disgusting.”

Actor

Herb Dean has appeared in several movies. He made his acting debut as a referee in the 2008 video “Fatal Femmes Fighting: Asian Invasion” directed by Michael Kolko and starring Sofia Bagherdai, AJ Benza and Bruce Buffer.

He then appeared as himself in the 2012 film “Here Comes The Boom” starring Kevin James and Salma Hayek. The film revolves around the story of former wrestler and current biology teacher, Scott Voss. When the school where he works faces economic problems, he becomes an MMA fighter to raise money to prevent the elimination of extracurricular activities.

In 2017, Herb again appeared as a referee in the movie “A Violent Man” starring Thomas Q. Jones. The story revolves around the life of a mixed martial artist, who faces a number of life-threatening problems.

Herb’s most recent film is South Korean “Saja”, released in 2019. The film is about Yong-hu Park, a Christian-raised young man who lost his faith after the death of his father. Growing up, Yong-hu surrounded himself with money and fame after becoming an MMA fighter. However, his perfect life is disturbed when strange marks appear on his hands. The film is mysterious and has a horror theme, and Herb appears in the role of referee.

Official MMA Certification Courses

Herb Dean reached a higher level in his professional career when he started teaching his own Certification Course as an Official MMA Referee. The course has two levels: the first consists of the essentials of how to be an official MMA referee, where he teaches the basics, scoring criteria and guidelines.

The second level of the course teaches aspects such as logistics and all aspects of being an MMA referee such as duties and guidelines for safety.

Private life

There is not much information about Herb Dean’s personal life. However, he is known to be married and have two daughters and a son. He has said, ‘My kids are the highlight of my time when I’m at home, we enjoy working out and playing music together’.

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He has also stated that one of his hobbies is rebuilding cars.

Net value

Reportedly, an MMA referee receives an average payout of $400 per fight, and higher amounts depending on how massive the fight is. Meanwhile, Herb has appeared in several movies and has started teaching an official MMA certification course. As a result, Herb Dean’s net worth is estimated at 1.5 million, as a result of his extensive work experience.

Appearance

Herb Dean is African American, 1.85 m tall and weighs 102 kg.

Interesting facts

Dean won Fighters Only Magazine’s “World MMA” award as the Referee of the Year for four consecutive years, from 2010 to 2014. However, in 2015, he was beaten by “Big” John McCarthy for the award.

Dean has worked with: “The Ultimate Fighting Championship” (UFC), “King of the Cage” KOTC, “Gladiator Challenge International Fight League” (IFL) and other prestigious MMA organizations.

When asked about why he referees, he replied, ‘I love this sport! Simply. I see being a referee like a bass player in a band. The bassist provides a consistent rhythm and sets the groove so the other instruments can shine.”


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