Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey (red gloves) celebrates after the referee stopped the fight against Sara McMann (blue gloves) during their UFC bantamweight championship bout at Mandalay Bay. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Speculation over Herb Dean shaking his head after UFC 170 (GIF)


After UFC 170 ended, the major talking point was two very different stoppages made by Herb Dean during the event. In the second bout on the main card, Herb Dean seemingly let TJ Waldburger take an unbelievable amount of unnecessary punishment before finally stopping Mike Pyle’s onslaught.

In the main event title fight between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann, Herb Dean did the exact opposite by stopping the bout three seconds after the initial knee from Rousey that knocked Sara down. While Dana White and even Sara McMann agreed with the stoppage, many believed that Dean should have given Sara even a slight window to recover.

A GIF of Herb Dean leaving the Octagon after the main event has surfaced, and has caused wild speculation among the MMA community. Check out the GIF below:

Credit: R/mma

Credit: R/mma

As you can see above, Herb Dean walks out of the Octagon shaking his head. Now, we may never be certain as to why Dean was shaking his head, but the speculation is that he was upset with his hasty decision to stop the fight. Alternatively, he could have been disappointed by the wave of boos the crowd was delivering after the fight ended.

As of now, Herb Dean has not commented on the fight so we can not fully break down the situation and the stoppage of the fight. What did you think of the stoppage? What do you think Dean is shaking his head about in the GIF above? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @SchlinskMMA.

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