For those who haven’t heard, UFC president Dana White was none too happy after Dennis Hallman’s antics at Saturday night’s UFC 133. Hallman is a welterweight who had been on a nice little streak entering Saturday’s event. Then he began his walk to the ring and things went down hill from there. Read our play-by-play of what happened here.
Hallman came out to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and the fire immediately began. That’s because Hallman entered the arena wearing what can best be described as a blue Speedo. His opponent drew a few laughs for shaving an upward-facing arrow into his chest hair, so the fact that Hallman was all people were talking about after the fight is telling.
Once the fight started Hallman jumped all over Ebersole and was very close to submitting him, before a few deft moves from Ebersole gave him top position. Ebersole – who later said Hallman’s wardrobe selection made him “uncomfortable” – then landed several huge strikes and elbows forcing the fight to be stopped at 4:28 in the first round.
All in all it was a really exciting fight, but at one point Hallman’s um, “junk” was slightly exposed. That elicited chants of “put some clothes on” from the Philadelphia crowd.
After the fight Dana White awarded Ebersole a $70,000 bonus for “getting those horrifying shorts off TV as soon as possible.”
White claimed he had never been so embarrassed being in the UFC, and that Hallman’s trunks were disgusting. White continued, “I’m seriously pissed off at the guys who work for us who let him walk out with those things on. I was as bad as can get.”
White has since claimed that if he were to cut Hallman it would be based on performance, not his ring attire. It doesn’t look like that will happen, or that he will face any sort of punishment. After all, a lack of common sense isn’t exactly grounds for the suspension of a UFC fighter. I mean, we’ve all seen the horrible tattoos that populate virtually every fighter’s body, right?
Hallman has an injured elbow, so we may not see him for a while anyway, but don’t expect him to be gone from the UFC. What you should expect are new regulations on the trunks guys are allowed to wear to the ring. Judging by White’s reaction on Saturday night, we expect some kind of rule to be instituted before UFC 134 later this month.