Does having a beard make you a better MMA fighter?

We take a look at whether or not having a beard helps to make you a better MMA fighter. Some of you may be reading this thinking “no way, having a beard has absolutely no bearing on your ability as a fighter” and some of you may be thinking “Hmm, I wonder if having a beard does help in any way?”.

Kimbo’s manager warns White no harm can come to the beard while on TUF 10

Don't mess with the beard.
Don't mess with the beard.

Kimbo Slice takes his beard very serious. On episode two of Inside the Ultimate Fighter, host Mike Chiappetta talks TUF 10 with UFC President Dana White. Chiappetta asks White how much money he thinks it would take for Kimbo to shave his beard. White says he does not think Kimbo would do it, then proceeds to explain why.

One of the stipulations for him to compete on The Ultimate Fighter was that no harm could come to the trademark beard. In past seasons of The Ultimate Fighter it has been very common for the house-mates to play pranks on one another. White stated that Kimbo’s management made it very clear, if anyone tried to shave his beard or do something to it while he was asleep there was going to be big problems.

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Street-Fighter turned MMA fighter, Kimbo Slice (real name: Kevin Ferguson) was arrested by Miami Beach cops in May 2002 on gun and open container charges. The weapons charge against Slice, who was 28 years old at the time (he’s 33 now), was dropped. He entered a no contest plea to the open container charge and … Read more