Remember Fedor’s white gloves in his last fight? The ones he was using to cover his face with while he was getting pummeled by that big head with feet? Well, if there was anything positive we could take away from that fight, it was that the gloves were kickass. Seems that as Fedor ages, his MMA skills are failing but his fashion sense is still on a winning streak.
So anyway, I was thinking we could use something like that in the UFC. Wouldn’t it be cool if the champions used white gloves when they fight? Kinda like those yellow jerseys worn by the race leaders in the Tour de France. I see a couple of points why this would seem like a good idea:
1. It would distinguish the champions in title fights. Sure, it would be no problem for us long time MMA fans to recognize the guys who hold the belt, but what about newbies and common folk who accidentally tune in to a fight right smack in the middle of a Frankie Edgar or a Dominick Cruz title defense? Sometimes I hate it when that happens to me, when I watch a boxing match and the commentator tells me that the belt is on the line but I don’t know which of the fighters is which. Also, I’d like to think that that the likelihood that they stay tuned to the fight will increase when they become aware that what they’re watching is a title fight (because one of the guys is wearing white gloves.)
2. Added prestige to being a champion, the right to wear those tidy whities. Now fighters can go on interviews saying “I’m not going anywhere, I want to hold on to the belt and keep fighting in white gloves for a long time” (also known as the champions cliché) or “I feel like it’s already done, I’m talking those white gloves from him”.
3. I don’t know, just to add something new? Those belts are getting pretty old, we need to spice things up a bit if you ask me.
4. Just cause they look f*ckin’ cool, that’s why
So there you go. Champions should wear white gloves. This would usher in a brave new world where MMA and fashion go hand in hand (fighters will put some thought into what color board shorts would go well with white). I’m going to tweet Dana after this. Hope I did not waste too much of your time. Peace!