I mean, look, it is pretty standard for most professional organizations to have some sort of standard for representatives of their company, so the UFC should not be any different. Especially when it comes to [moderately] well-paid professional athletes showing up to public events to represent the company. Apparently, somebody has been wearing shorts and flip flops to press events while under a UFC contract and it has raised the ire of some within the company, who have sent down a mandate for all fighters.
How do we know this? Because UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson posted a weird rant about it on his Facebook fanpage.
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!!!”