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UFC fighter Erik Perez after a victory.
Per an interview with MMAjunkie.com, UFC president Dana White is not a fan of "acting like an idiot trying to come up with a different spiel every time [fighters] walk."
In other words, he's not partial to novel, entertaining entrances to the Octagon.
The only man who has recently received a pass was Erik Perez, who wore a luchador mask. White allowed the mask because it was a "warrior thing." To elaborate on White's laconic explanation, the luchador mask carries immense cultural significance in Mexico.
That country also happens to be one that the UFC is targeting for expansion.
Thus, there's much to be gained from letting Perez and perhaps other Mexican fighters down the line wear masks like that.
Unfortunately, White is still fervently anti-entrance antics for others. In the same interview with MMAjunkie, he said:
You guys know how I feel about guys acting like idiots walking out to the octagon; I can't stand it. You're going in there to fight. This isn't pro wrestling. But he's got a reason for why he does it, and they sat down, they explained it to me, and I'm cool with it.
All the other goofy [expletive] that happens? I can't stand it. To explain to you how painful it is for me to sit there and watch a guy walk 25 feet to the octagon acting like a moron, it hurts me. It hurts me, and I can't stand it.
White's opinion is understandable, but misguided. As long as what happens in the cage isn't predetermined, MMA won't be professional wrestling.
Fans will almost always remember a unique entrance. And sometimes they'll remember an entrance instead of a name, "The guy who walked out with a predator mask is fighting!"
Letting a fighter amuse the audience and help differentiate himself from the unwashed masses of fighters with their last names tattooed on their body is only a positive thing.
White and the UFC should understand this.