Herb Dean is an American mixed martial arts referee and a former player. He is considered as one of the best MMA referees by many. He has refereed more than 5000 professional matches worldwide and is one of the most respected and experienced referees in the MMA circles. Keep reading to know more about Herb Dean’s net worth in 2018.
Herb Dean Early Life
Herb Dean was born on 30th September 1970 in California, USA. He started training in martial arts when he was just 9 years old. During his teens, he trained in various disciplines of martial arts like judo and jiu-jitsu. He went on to become the second Dan Black belter for Jiu Jitsu.
Herb started as a wrestler and won a few fights. Later on, he started refereeing matches and has since then become the most reputed referee of MMA.
Herb Dean has kept his private life out of public eye, and not much is known about his initial years or family life. He is married to a Russian lady, and the couple has three children together.
Herb enjoys spending his free time with his kids playing music and doing some training together. He also likes working on cars in his free time and loves rebuilding them.
Herb Dean Career
Herb Dean debuted as a professional MMA fighter in 2001 in the Gladiator challenge held in California. He went on to win the fight by 1-0.
Herb took part in many more fights like Rage in the Cage in Arizona, KOTC 39 in California, Spirit MC 9 in South Korea and Cage Rage in London till 2007. He won the KOTC39 but lost the other three.
Later on, Herb started refereeing MMA matches and gained a reputation of a conscientious referee who always took into account the player’s physical fitness and has saved many players from the career-ending injuries.
Till now he has officiated matches for Ultimate fighting championships, King of the cage, Gladiator challenge and many more like these.
One of the most memorable fights Herb officiated was that of Sylvia and Mir. During the fight, Dean called for a stop when he saw that Sylvia’s arm had broken. Though Sylvia maintained that nothing of the sort has happened, Herb refused to start the fight again.
Later on, Sylvia acknowledged that his arm was really broken and that Herb had saved him from getting a career-ending injury.
This and many more instances have shown Herb’s fairness and his priority of safety over fun. It has earned him the respect of many with the UTC president calling him the world’s best MMA referee.
Herb has also appeared on shows like the Ultimate Fighter and Elite Extreme.
Awards & Achievements
Herb Dean has earned the respect of his fellow referees and MMA players for his consistent and impeccable career record. He is one of the most respected, experienced, fair and responsible referees all over the world.
Herb has been recognized for his efforts as the third man in the cage by sports channels like ESPN, FOX Sports, and SB Nation.
Herb Dean has also been awarded Referee of the year award given by Fighter’s only magazine for five consecutive years from 2010 to 2014.
Net Worth of Herb Dean
Herb Dean has made a net worth of $1.8 million through his career in MMA as a fighter and as an officiator.
He has won 2 fights and refereed 5700 fights in his career. It is reported that he makes around $500 thousand p.a. through his work as a referee.
Herb Dean has always ensured that the fighter’s get to play a safe and fair fight. He makes it a point to study each fighter before a match to understand their capabilities. He ensures that the player’s safety takes more priority over the fun element of the game. All these qualities of Dean have earned him the respect and love of fighters and viewer’s the world over.