After Pat Healy was forced to shave his beard off for his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, I was hoping the UFC might step up and say enough with this chicanery. 99% of the time, these requests to the commission for hair and beard trims are more pre-fight brinksmanship – another way to get into your opponent’s head. But at this point it’s starting to get stupid, and awesome beards across the UFC are ending up shorn. Unfortunately, if someone is going to defend hair, it isn’t gonna be Dana White. Surprise surprise there.
Daniel Cormier, who will meet Nelson in the co-main event at UFC 166 in Houston next month, has already indicated that he plans on requesting the local commission order Nelson shave his infamous scraggly beard before the heavyweight bout.
“I don’t want that nasty thing rubbing on my face either if I was in a fight,” said White. “I hate that whole, you can grow a beard down to here and still fight in MMA thing. You know? It’s not even allowed in boxing, and they don’t go to the ground and have side control. Who would want that thing laying on their face? Seriously? That long, nasty, ratty looking thing in your mouth, rubbing on your face. It’s ridiculous.”
“First they came for Roy Nelson’s beard and I said nothing because yeah, it does look a little gross….” Mark my words: we’re going to end up in a Bob Arum world where all MMA fighters are skinheads if we don’t nip these complaints to commissions in the bud soon. What can you do to stop the insanity? Let fighters know via twitter that their racist anti-beard stance will not be tolerated. Let’s not sugar coat it – let’s call a spade a spade! This is FORCED SHAVING, and a generation from now we will look back and shake our heads in disgust that we participated in it.
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