The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has spoken.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson will not have to trim his beard for his upcoming match against Daniel Cormier at UFC 166, which takes place this Saturday. The beard, which has become a trademark of Nelson’s, will be allowed to roam free and Big Country can – as Cormier pointed out – can “go out there looking like a grizzly bear if he wants.”
Cormier had said on multiple occasions that he was going to talk to the department and request if he could braid or trim Nelson’s beard. Though Cormier did not expect for the committee to take his request seriously, the idea seemed to have an affect on Nelson’s fans. The Strikeforce tournament champion also noted the request was a good opportunity to play some psychological warfare.
Personally I do not see a problem with Nelson’s beard. Some have argued that it could provide some cushion for punching, but in reality, Big Country just has an amazing chin.
Yes the beard is a little unsightly if the camera gets up close and it could be distracting to a fighter on the ground, but Cormier has enough experience in wrestling to overcome any obstacle, no matter how hairy.
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