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The UFC Institutes Flip-Flop Ban, Ruins Benson Henderson’s Entire Day

(Also, wearing a scarf over a t-shirt indoors will now be punishable by death. / Photo via Esther Lin for MMAFighting)

As revealed in an update on Benson Henderson’s Facebook fan page, the UFC has just instituted a dress code for its fighters that would ban shorts and require shoes during publicity and marketing appearances. Though requiring athletes to look professional in public is something that other major sports leagues already do, Henderson took the news as a personal affront to his freedom, and his easy-breezy open-toed lifestyle. Here’s what Bendo had to say:

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!!!”

The UFC has been rolling out an official Code of Conduct since January, which has so far focused on offensive and discriminatory statements made by fighters. (See: Mitrione, Diaz.) A dress code simply discourages fighters from looking unprofessional when they’re fulfilling the promotional part of their job, and we see no problem with that.

As for the UFC’s lightweight champion, Henderson drowned his sorrows at the mall following his Facebook-venting.

Update: According to a UFC official quoted by MMAJunkie, “There is no dress code to speak of. We simply ask that our athletes not wear shorts or flip flops at company-related press tours/media functions.”

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mma4everbitchs- June 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm
Just trying to shine up some turds is all
masterbaitntackle- June 19, 2013 at 10:16 am
Just another case of the white man trying to keep the black man and the Korean man down simultaneously....hahahahaaaaaaa
yenkifit01- June 19, 2013 at 3:41 am
My roomate's mother earned $19329 last week. she is making an income on the computer and moved in a $321200 home
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- June 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm
You can still wear douchey affliction dress shirts with a tribal penis on your back
Rampages Conscience- June 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm
This guy is the worst. Plus, if you were to "fight the power", wouldn't you NOT do what your employers want? I think that Benson is completely missing the plot in Braveheart.
teep- June 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm
I agree with mma4ever. Every workplace has dress code. Why should the UFC be any different.
danomite- June 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm
He should wear skinny jeans and crocs just to piss them off.
The12ozCurls- June 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm
@ Guapo
That. Was. Awesome!
El Guapo- June 18, 2013 at 11:59 am
Shunick's somehow going to equate this to a civil rights struggle, compare Smooth to MLK, flip-flops to the KKK, and so on. Can't wait!
Fried Taco- June 18, 2013 at 11:52 am
But on the plus side for Bendo, the UFC is now requiring all fighters keep a toothpick in their mouth during fights.
mma4everbitchs- June 18, 2013 at 11:44 am
Have some class bendo