Growing his beard has been a ritual of his since 2008. When ever he get’s a fight he puts the razor in the drawer for a couple of months during training camp. The thicker it gets the more time he’s devoted to pre-fight work.
When a fight ends, win or lose, he shaves it off. In an interview with MMA Fighting in 2012 he claimed it was a stress reliever to wake up, look in the mirror and see his clean shaven face. It allowed him to focus on being more of a dad and husband versus being a fighting machine.
We can likely expect to see his beard grow back for his upcoming title shot agains Georges St. Pierre. How do you feel about his beard? Is he better off with or without it?