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It seems that UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier is not too happy with Roy Nelson’s facial hair. Nelson is known for his trademark mountain man beard, but ahead of their UFC 166 bout, Cormier is having none of it. Earlier this month, Cormier stated his intention to request that the athletic commission take a look at the beard, due to the rule that all competitors “must be clean and present a tidy appearance.” He will ask the commission to make Nelson part his beard down the middle, in order to keep it out of the way while grappling.
UFC president Dana White agrees with the strange, but logical, assessment. At a UFC media tour event, White stated that “Big Country” should, “trim [the beard] down and make it look normal.”
“I don’t want that nasty thing rubbing on my face either if I was in a fight,” he added. “I hate that whole, ‘you can grow a beard down to here and still fight in MMA thing.’ You know? It’s not even allowed in boxing, and they don’t go to the ground and have side control. Who would want that thing laying on their face? Seriously? That long, nasty, ratty looking thing in your mouth, rubbing on your face. It’s ridiculous. They shouldn’t be allowed to have beards that big. Trim it down and make it look normal. You know? It’s disgusting.”
With Dana White on his side, Daniel Cormier will most likely have the lawn on Roy Nelson’s face mowed down to some degree. And if that doesn’t help him, Cormier plans on filing a formal complaint with the Texas athletic commission before he meets “Big Country” in the co-main event in Houston.
Daniel Cormier (12-0) and Roy Nelson (19-8) will face off at UFC 166 on October 19, with winner quite possibly getting his foot in the door for a title shot.