Herb Dean Retired As Active Pro MMA Fighter

The following is an excerpt from an MMA column by Kevin Iole on Yahoo! Sports:

His turn: Dean ready to rumble

By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
July 13, 2007

Herb Dean is one of the most recognizable faces in mixed martial arts. He's one of the world's elite referees and says he's worked more MMA fights than anyone in the sport's young history.

Those who follow the sport closely may do a double take, then, when watching the Cage Rage card on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.

That will be Herb Dean in the cage, but it won't be as the referee. Dean is also an active fighter — for the time being — and will fight Dave Legeno on Saturday's card in a heavyweight bout.

Dean loves the competition, but it will be the last time he gets a taste of it. He's going to voluntarily retire after the bout to focus on his officiating career.

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