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View Poll Results: Should the UFC implement a strict dress code for all fighters?

Yes, they should all be required to wear suits. 7 23.33%
No, they should be allowed to wear casual clothing. 9 30.00%
I don't care. 14 46.67%
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Benson Henderson Takes to Facebook to Report, Vilify New UFC Dress Code

Dress Code?

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The UFC apparently has a new official dress code for fighters (and other television talent) who are traveling on the UFC's dime for publicity tours and other marketing related events.

And at least one UFC champion isn't happy about it.

Lightweight title holder Benson Henderson took to his personal Facebook account to reveal a portion of the UFC's email instructing fighters that they're going to need to step up their clothes game when they're out and about promoting the organization.

Here's what the UFC sent out to all talent and fighters:

“Per Jackie, effective immediately, fighters and talent traveling on press tours and PR/marketing-related appearances are no longer permitted to wear shorts or flip flops. Jeans are acceptable and shoes are a must.”

Going forward, I'm going to refer to this as The Henderson Rule, named in honor of the lightweight champion who tends to rock a casual look at all times. Henderson's laid-back attitude extends to his clothing choices, and I've rarely seen him in anything other than a sponsor t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and flip flops. And yes, that infamous toothpiece from the Nate Diaz fight last December is ever-present.

As you've probably guessed by now, Henderson isn't too keen on this new ruling:

Mwahahaha!!! Guess @ufc decided to make it official...I'm a start calling them the NBA...guess it's one thing to be encouraged to do or dress one way & entirely another thing to be told to do or dress one way...

Don't get me wrong, I'm gonna dress how my employers want but doesn't mean I gotta be happy about it..."Don't let the man hold you down" "Fight the power" "You can take my life but you can never take my FREEDOM!!!"

I give kudos to the UFC for wanting their athletes to look more like professional athletes. As Henderson alluded to, the NBA has a strict dress code that governs what the players can wear on the bench and when traveling between cities. The NBA also takes the code far beyond what the UFC has instituted:

The new dress code banned fashions most often associated with hip-hop culture, specifically: Hardwood Classics jerseys (or any other jersey), jeans, hats, do-rags, t-shirts, large jewelry, sneakers and Timberland style boots.

And you know what? NBA players, for the most part, exude professionalism, at least when it comes to how they look. They look sharp. Some of them still make unfortunate Craig Sager-style clothing decisions, but you get my point.

Picture187_original_crop_exact Chill out, Benson. You could be required to wear THIS.

This is a good move by the UFC, and one that should be applauded. Mixed martial arts already has enough trouble finding acceptance with the majority of society as it is due to the fact that our athletes are punching and kicking each other in the face inside of a steel cage, often on a canvas stained with blood from fights that occurred earlier in the evening. Giving the athletes a clean look can't hurt.

Now, if we can just get Dana White to start wearing Vince McMahon-style suits, we'll be set.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So Benson Henderson had a decision go against him and now he's complaining on facebook. #smallvictories

I hope in the future Akiyama can be the UFC official fashion czar

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Enforce brands fine. But a guy wearing shorts at a meet and greet is not effecting anything.

If an approved brand makes it, you should be able to wear whatever it is. Shorts or flip flops included.

Ate toe shoes allowed?

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In addition to this all black athletes must now wear black face and a top hat and enter rooms doing the hucklebuck to make them less terrifying to old white people.
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Jesus this is retarded.....you fight for a living. You punch people in the face til the other can no longer keep going. .......Your shoes are incredibly important.
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The majority of professional athletes under any kind of banner are expected to abide by a certain standard. All this is, is the UFC catching up. Dana's been saying for years this will be the biggest sport in the world, that would also make it the most "main stream" as well if he is to be right about that. This is just a step in that direction. Put some pants on Bendo, you'll be fine.
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I think a it's a good move if it is applied in a sensible manner.

Press conferences, Interviews, TV etc etc, yeah fine. Meet and greets, expos etc, not so much.

I wonder if this will effect a fighters sponsor money if they arent allowed to wear the Tshirts to the press conference?

How long before we see a Tapout suit?
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That's the most lenient dress code I've ever seen. Basically all you have to do is wear pants and shoes.
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I think a it's a good move if it is applied in a sensible manner.

Press conferences, Interviews, TV etc etc, yeah fine. Meet and greets, expos etc, not so much.

I wonder if this will effect a fighters sponsor money if they arent allowed to wear the Tshirts to the press conference?

How long before we see a Tapout suit?
Excellent points. I voted yes. If you want to be serious about your brand then you need to be professional. That is unless you're a billionaire then you can do whatever tha f you please.

Fighters wear their sponsor brands to the weigh ins and fights. When it comes to mainstream interviews on live television or press conferences they can suit up!

This will be the difference between being paid peanuts in the barn yard shows vs big league money.
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If I were in charge, I would have the fighters wear pink tutus and hold glittering wands at the press conferences. And everytime a reporter adresses the topic I'd say "Yes, it looks ridiculous, but what about that ridiculous looking guy being able to beat your ass?"
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