It was a sad ufc 165 for lightweight Pat Healy.
First of all, he was dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday night in Toronto, which featured Healy on the receiving end of perhaps the most impressive slam of the year. So there's that.
But hours before that happened, the night was already off to a bad start as the Ontario Athletic Commission instructed Healy to trim his beard or else he couldn't compete.
"The beard has been trimmed by order of the athletic commission," Healy tweeted.
So what was with that decision?
"Our regulations are that the fighters have to be cleanly shaven except for a mustache, so the athletic commissioner has determined that ... the fighter [needs to bring] down the beard to a reasonable level to allow for the doctors, for our physicians, to be able to inspect in case there is an injury," a commission rep told MMAjunkie.com. "So that's the rationale."
Well, here's what Healy's beard looked like two days before the fight:
- Patrick Healy (@BamBamHealy) September 20, 2013
And here's the beard Alexander Gustafsson sported for his main event fight against Jon Jones:
What are we missing here? How big of a difference could that really be?
Somewhere that isn't Canada, Roy Nelson is laughing because he's fought before looking like this:(Thanks to our friends at MMAJunkie.com for sharing this with us.)