Fear the beard, because it’s nasty, ratty and disgusting – so says UFC president Dana White.
UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson (pictured) used to simply don MMA’s baddest mullet. However, in recent years he’s decided the party also needs to be in the front so he sprouted a ZZ Top-inspired beard to pair with his locks.
Daniel Cormier, Nelson’s archenemy and next month’s opponent at UFC 166, has publicly stated he wants “Big Country” to trim his beard, and White completely agrees.
“I don’t blame him,” White said Monday in Los Angeles of Cormier’s stance. “I wouldn’t want that nasty thing rubbing on my face, either, during a fight. I hate that whole, ‘You can grow a beard down to here and still fight in MMA thing.’ 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. They shouldn’t be allowed to have beards that big. If you want a beard, trim that thing down and make it look normal. It’s disgusting.”
Prior to Saturday’s UFC 165 scrap with Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Office of the Athletics Commissioner of Ontario forced Pat Healy to mow down his beard. A la Samson, Healy appeared to lose his strength without his hair and dropped a lopsided unanimous decision.
Given the fact that Nelson serves as White and Cormier’s ultimate antagonist, there’s no way his beard is going anywhere – in fact, it’s now probably going to be nastier, rattier, and even more disgusting – unless Texas’ athletic commission steps in next month.
UFC 166 takes place inside Toyota Center in Houston. From what I hear, they love them some nasty, ratty, disgusting beards in the Lone Star State.