UFC President: Luchador masks ok now
With UFC bantamweight Erik Perez, though, UFC President Dana White drew the line at a luchador mask.
The headgear has long been tied to professional wrestling in Perez’s home country of Mexico, but White initially nixed the 23-year-old plan’s to don such a mask this weekend at UFC 155.
But after the fighter’s pleas, White finally relented. And he said he learned a little something about the masks’ history in the process.
“Those masks, Mexican wrestlers used to wear them, but it’s a warrior thing, and they explained it to me,” he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I can live with that.
“If it makes sense to me – and you’re just not acting like an idiot trying to come up with a different spiel every time you walk, and that’s your thing – I’m cool with that.”