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If you are a UFC fan, I'm sure you've seen Herb Dean. He's easily one of the most recognizable referees in the game today. But did you know he used to be a fighter?

Dean has fought for , Gladiator Challenge, and Rage in the Cage (among others). He made his pro debut when he defeated Randy Halmot at Gladiator Challenge 6 in 2001, and would go on to fight a total of five times, ending his pro career with a 2-3 record.

Check him out here in his last fight, which was stopped due to an eye injury.

Dean has reffed some of the biggest fights in UFC history, such as Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock, Stephan Bonner vs. Forrest Griffin and Tim Sylvia vs. Andre Arlovski.

At UFC 48, held in 2004, Dean can be heard yelling "Oh shit" after Tim Sylvia's arm was broken due to an armbar by Frank Mir. He was also criticized for stopping the Renan BarĂ£o vs. Urijah Faber title fight, which many determined was too soon.

Regardless, Dean is highly respected, and his skills are unmatched. He has presided over 5,700 fights and often takes a judge's seat, as well.


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