How One Man’s Terrible Banana Hammock Inspired A New UFC Dress Code
It's not often that being on the losing end of a bet inspires an organization-wide policy change. Then again, it's not often that we're distracted by the main event at UFC 133 by a man in a periwinkle speedo.
Such was the case on Saturday night, when Dennis Hallman entered the cage for his fight against Brian Ebersole wearing a tiny pair of shorts that left little to the imagination. Apparently Hallman had lost a bet to fellow MMA compatriots Len Bentley and Sterling Ford. Hallman refused to say what the bet was about, but did offer up this defense:
"I thought it was funny. I thought it was embarrassing for me. Obviously, that's why I had to do it. But I didn't think anybody would be cross about it."
"Cross" is a bit of an understatement, as UFC president Dana White said after the fight that he was “seriously pissed off at the guys who work for us that let him walk out with those things on."
As a result, White commented that he will be instituting a dress code across the UFC.
"I’ve never been so embarrassed in the UFC as I was when (Hallman walked out in the shorts). ... You know what I thought we had? I thought we had some common sense. At least a little bit of common sense. That was a really bad moment, I was horrified by that.”
He wasn't the only one. Usually we find dress codes to be archaic and unnecessary, but in this case, we're willing to make an exception. See below.
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