Dana White Bans More Tees?

Dorothy WillisSenior Writer IJuly 2, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 07:  UFC president Dana White at Spike TV's 2007 'Video Game Awards' at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 7, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Grandma was in a bad mood before attempting to write this article, and after the photo I chose to upload was repeatedly rejected, Grandma is boiling mad.

Naturally, since I was already primed to give Dana White a piece of my mind, the anger will be projected onto him.

Dana...you are not the boss of me!

I buy tee shirts for my family members and have bought several different brands.

America is the land of diversity.

America probably leads the rest of the world in sports merchandising and athlete endorsements.

When you banned the Affliction name tee shirts from which many of my favorite MMA fighters received endorsements, I felt it was a ludicrous measure to take.

Now the UFC has banned One More Round, Rolling Stone, Dethrone and Hayabusa, brands which Denis Kang and other Canadian fighters wear.

Certain apparel companies were contacted and told that to sponsor any UFC fighter, a fee of $100,000.00 paid to the UFC would be necessary first.

Since, after all, the fans can wear whatever they choose, why mess with the companies wanting to sponsor UFC fighters?

Answer: Corporate Greed and more money in the UFC coffers.

With Matt Hughes having his own brand, your buddy Matt, remember Dana, why would you want to pick a fight with these other brands?

It is true that you are not making money on brands other than the UFC, but many of your fighters have their own brands, not just Matt Hughes.

Will all UFC fighters be restricted to what brand names they may wear?

Why Dana and why now?

If you were going to ban Affliction, why didn't you simply ban all brands except UFC wear right from the beginning?

You do realize that the fans attending UFC events may still wear any brand clothing they desire, don't you?

Dana, this is still the US of A and not the UFC.

Americans can still have a choice.

Or is this a prelude to a new dress code?

On top of paying $300 and up for one seat, do you expect to require "proper UFC attire" of all those attending future events?

Well, I have news for you: Grandma Dee likes to design her own tee shirts and does not limit her choices to the UFC roster.

I am very proud of my originality and love to express myself in tees.

Are you going to ban all Grandma Dee designed fight wear? Cause if you are, you got some serious "splainin" to do, and I will see you in court.

Freedom of expression is a right that you can not legislate, Mr. White. As a tee shirt wearing adult, you should be well aware of this.

In the 1970's, I was called to my children's grade school due to them wearing Farrah Fawcett tee shirts which were very popular but considered "racy" at that time.

I gave my consent and was very disturbed when the school felt it necessary to tape over the breast portion of the shirt or insist my boys turn their shirts inside out.

When we attended any extracurricular events we all wore our Farrah shirts with an in-your-face attitude and you-are-not-the-fashion-police attitude.

Surprise! The "authorities" did not say a thing and our sons were less harassed as other families followed suit and many more kids wore the Farrah shirts to class.

I reiterate, this is America. the clothes we wear are sacrosanct. Leave them alone.

And don't try to dictate to fighters what brands they choose to endorse.

If you paid a whole lot better, fighters would not need to supplement their salaries.

Incidentally, I am thinking about putting out a new "Granny Dee's Elixir for MMA Fighters'" and may pay a few of your fighters to become spokesmen for my brand.

Tell me Dana, are you going to try to ban that too?

What next?

A fee to use the toilets?


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