It looks like Fedor vs Hendo wasn’t the only fight with some Herb Dean controversy. It’s been years since Herb has been in the middle of so many shitstorms – compared to back in the day where he was known as The Dean of the Unforeseen and the Black Cat of MMA reffing. I fully admit to being the only one calling him both these things, but fuck it, they’re witty nicknames goddamnit and they capture the unfortunate things that seem to happen sometimes when he refs. For example that Fedor stoppage, and now possibly missing a tap during the JZ Calvan / Bobby Green fight.
Because Showtime and Strikeforce seem incapable of doing anything with their prelims, there’s a good chance we’ll never see the actual footage. But based on people who were there, here’s what happened: JZ took Green’s back with half a minute remaining in the second round and locked in a rear naked choke. Green appeared to tap as the round ended but Dean didn’t see it from where he was positioned. People around the cage were screaming about the tap and when it was clear the fight was going to a third round the arena erupted in boos.
At least JZ still won, although it was a split decision … much less impressive sounding than a 2nd round submission.