UFC reportedly adopts new dress policy


The UFC has reportedly started a new dress policy for fighters at official events.

The first reference was a week ago on Benson Henderson's Fcebook account, when he said UFC president Dana White had done some shopping for him.

Benson Henderson June 12

Guess when the UFC big boss-man goes on an impromptu shopping spree for you, means you gotta think about stepping your game up...

Bye-bye board shorts & plain tees??? We all gotta grow up & dress the part for work at some point in time, hehehe...

Yesterday came word of a more formal announcement.

Benson Henderson June 17

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...

“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.”

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!!!"

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However, in an email to MMAjunkie.com, an unnamed UFC official it was no big deal.

"There is no dress code to speak of," wrote the official. "We simply ask that our athletes not wear shorts or flip flops at company-related press tours/media functions."

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HexRei site profile image  

6/20/13 6:22 PM by HexRei

Not sure if serious...

time traveling 12er site profile image  

6/20/13 6:00 PM by time traveling 12er

The world if full of things we can't do. They can't show up naked if they wanted to either. They'd get in trouble for farting and belching very loudly during a PR event and those are natural body functions. There are certain norms depending on the environment and they're just asking that Bendo follow that. This is much ado about nothing really.

Bloody Pregnancy Fluids site profile image  

6/20/13 2:07 PM by Bloody Pregnancy Fluids

I am just in favor of personal freedom. I dont mind if benson wants to wear shorts, i dont mind if dana white says fuck   If someone wants to wear suits cool, if someone wants to wear shorts and flops i dont see any issue with it?  Is there some stuffy old church lady everyone should be trying to impress?  I feel like a lot of the point of being a fighter in the first place is to not have to conform, not sit in a cubicle all day wearing loser ass buisiness casual clothing.  Its surprising to me how everyone wants to make like baseball or NFL where things are more stuffy and less interesting. Like that dock ellis LSD no hitter is under lock and key by bud selig. WTF.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

6/20/13 1:48 PM by time traveling 12er

Yeah it's always kind of surprising how sensitive some MMA fans are. They get all bent out of shape because one fighter is asked not to wear flip flops and shorts to pr events, or if Dana White says fuck or whatever. For a sport where people are beating the crap out of each other it's rather shocking.

bjws site profile image  

6/20/13 1:41 PM by bjws

I can't believe that anyone would go on record to oppose this rule. Just makes Ben come off as a douche in my opinion. Most pro sports have this kind of dress code (hockey, soccer, basketball, etc). And as others have mentioned, this isn't all that restrictive a dress code. These guys can still wear sneakers, jeans, and a t-shirt if they so desire.

ShawnTheBadger site profile image  

6/20/13 1:06 PM by ShawnTheBadger

  Actually wearing a suit could easily be unprofessional, awkward, and out-of-place.   I was always taught to dress equal-to or one (1) step above your clientele. If your clientele was in khaki's, casual dress-shoes, and a polo at work (manager at a restaurant), you would show up in the same or shirt-loosened-tie-dress-pants as the rep for Sysco. If your clientele was in jeans and t-shirt (surf-shop, nightclub, amusement park, whatever), you would wear jeans or khakis, polo-shirt, and casual dress shoes if you were the sales-rep calling on those types of businesses. If you clientele is in a suit, it's an equal suit.  Don't wear a custom-tailored 5K dollar suit if your client shops at Men's Wearhouse.  Don't wear a 100-dollar, ill-fitting, un-tailored, out-of-style suit to see a Buyer-Big-Wig that is sure to be wearing a 5K dollar suit.  To see that guy, wear your 800-dollar nicely-tailored, most-current suit and most expensive shoes.  

Bloody Pregnancy Fluids site profile image  

6/20/13 12:13 PM by Bloody Pregnancy Fluids

Yea doing things because you are forced to is real boss....

Refuse to Lose site profile image  

6/20/13 1:35 AM by Refuse to Lose

Wearing Suits is boss I wear one everyday at work and even though I can't wait to rip it off at the end of the day it's still the most professional route to go. Not a big deal.

Bloody Pregnancy Fluids site profile image  

6/20/13 1:32 AM by Bloody Pregnancy Fluids

Why would anyone want to visit the uk?

time traveling 12er site profile image  

6/19/13 11:31 PM by time traveling 12er

Here's an update for you. There actually isn't a dress code. Supposedly this was a private email to Bendo, not a new policy. Even in the email all it did was ask him not to wear flip flops and shorts to official ufc pr events.