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Big Country will keep his beard in UFC 166

Written on October 17, 2013 by Hector

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DC will have to deal with Big Country's beard once they lock horns in UFC 166

has been very vocal about wanting to shave his beard before their fight in . He made it official just a few weeks ago when he filed a formal complaint in Texas Athletic Commission regarding his opponent’s trademark bush. The former Olympic wrestler stated that Nelson’s beard might be giving him an advantage particularly when fighting at close range and he wanted it to be shaved or at least trimmed.

However, it was revealed in UFC Tonight that the commission has elected not to grant Cormier’s request. Therefore, Nelson can retain his beard for as long as he wants and DC will have to deal with it once they lock horns in the undercard of Cain-JDS trilogy this weekend.

In a press conference early this week, Cormier cited his reasons on why he filed the complaint.

“Well, Roy and I have been going back and forth and kind of messing with me up top in my head and everything. So there’s something there with that beard, he has it for a reason, he likes having it so why not make him shave it and take that comfort zone away from him,” says Cormier.

Cormier also admitted that aside from strategic purposes, the complaint was influenced by the recently held UFC 165. In that event, was asked to trim his beard before heading into the fight with .

“Yes, it’s kind of tactical and also I thought those guys in Canada looked nice, but man, everybody looked nice and clean and like professional athletes.”

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