A funny moment took place at the recent UFC 290 event during a match between Tatsuro Taira and Edgar Chairez. Referee Herb Dean reminded Taira not to use illegal elbows and proceeded to suggest to him what the proper technique would be – during the actual event.
UFC 290 was an incredible event, featuring thrilling performances and unforgettable moments. It occurred on July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card showcased two title bouts and many exciting match-ups between talented stars.
The preliminary card also delivered some incredible events. Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler had his final bout against Niko Price. Lawler secured a decisive victory by finishing Price early in the first round. Additionally, UFC prospect Tatsuro Taira maintained his flawless record by defeating Edgar Chairez.
The match between Tatsuro Taira and Edgar Chairez was highly exciting, with both athletes putting pressure on each other. Tatsuro Taira managed to gain the advantage, and the outcome was determined by the judges, who declared Taira the winner via unanimous decision. This victory extended Taira’s professional record to 14-0, with four of those matches taking place in the UFC since his debut in May 2022.
During the match, there was a rare moment that could have easily been missed. In the last few seconds of the first round, renowned UFC referee and former mixed martial artist Herb Dean interrupted the action and instructed Taira on the proper technique for elbowing Chairez, who was on the ground.
The 23-year-old Japanese star engaged in ground-and-pound but made a mistake by landing several 12 to 6 elbows, which is an illegal move. Amidst this, Herb Dean approached Taira and directed him to stop the illegal strikes. Dean also kindly demonstrated the correct technique to Taira. Shortly after, the bell rang, signaling the end of the first round.
It felt like Taira interpreted Herb Dean’s reffing as coaching?? https://t.co/DxQ1JLX83J
— esther lin (@allelbows) July 9, 2023
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