It all makes sense now … sort of. According to welterweight Dennis Hallman, a lost wager was the reason he wore a banana hammock into the Octagon on Saturday night at UFC 133.
“I won’t say what the bet was about, but I lost a bet to [fellow fighters Len Bentley and Sterling Ford] and losing the bet meant that I got to wear some Speedos,” Hallman said on TheMMAHour on MMAFighting. “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.”
UFC president Dana White was so disgusted with Hallman’s attire that he awarded opponent Brian Ebersole a never-before-seen $70,000 “thanks-for-getting-those-horrifying-shorts-off-TV-as-soon-as-possible” bonus. White also suggested the UFC employee that allowed Hallman to enter the cage with his inappropriate trunks might be shown the door, and that Hallman could soon follow.
However, on Monday the 14-year veteran didn’t appear too concerned about heading to the unemployment line because he manned up and competed with an injured elbow for the benefit of the company and their injury-riddled event.
“I don’t think they’re going to fire you over something like that,” Hallman expressed. “I mean, [White] knows I went in there and fought injured because I didn’t want to screw up their card. You can’t fire somebody for doing something that’s not illegal or not wrong. You can say, ‘Don’t do it again,’ but it wouldn’t be right to be like, ‘Okay, you wore legal trunks but I didn’t like them so I’m going to fire you.’
“Dana’s not like that. He might say, ‘If you do it again I’ll fire you,’ but he’s not going to fire someone for wearing trunks that were legal.”
ESPN.com’s Page2 inducted Hallman’s short shorts into their exclusive ‘Worst Looks in Sports History’ list earlier today. Knowing that the market might be white hot for his one-of-a-kind drawls, the 35-year-old may look to cash in on the opportunity.
“I had about 400 Twitter mentions. About 70 percent of them were pissed off about the shorts, and the other 30 percent, mostly women, were complimenting the choice of shorts,” stated Hallman. “Maybe I can put those Speedos on Ebay as the last Speedos ever worn in the UFC and make some money.”