Herb Dean is a well-known UFC and MMA referee who was in action at UFC 251

UFC referee Herb Dean was in action at Fight Island as he oversaw a few clashes at UFC 251.

The 49-year-old is a former fighter and is considered to be the best referee in the sport of MMA.

While Dean has been involved in some of the biggest fights in a referee’s capacity, he was trending for some weird reason today.

Herb Dean is considered as the best MMA and UFC referee
Referee Herb Dean separates Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia from Conor McGregor of Ireland after McGregor tapped out in their UFC lightweight championship bout. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The referee wasn’t just trending due to UFC 251 being one of the biggest events in recent memory, and Xavier Woods was left confused as to what was going on.

The WWE star was one of several wrestlers following the action closely but he still had the time to send out a non-fight related tweeted.

It seems Dean was trending as a “food” and Woods couldn’t hold his laughter regarding all of this:

Social media going crazy

Dean is one of the best in the business but social media’s search filters don’t always work as well as he does in the Octagon.

It could have been a mistake given that “herb” is a part of cooking, and that got his name trending. Referees are often called out for mistakes that take place in the ring but fortunately, there weren’t too many to highlight from UFC 251.

Petr Yan won the vacant Bantamweight title
Petr Yan of Russia punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The only criticism came in the Jose Aldo vs Petr Yan Bantamweight title fight. Yan was launching bombs on Aldo during the end of the fifth and Aldo had to cover himself.

The Brazilian was offering nothing back and referee Leon Roberts took a long time to stop the fight. Many UFC fans and even people related to the organisation (fighters and reporters) were tweeting that the fight should have been stopped earlier than it was.

Aldo was also bleeding profusely during the end of the clash but seemed to be alright as he congratulated the new Bantamweight champion, Yan.

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