Though Brian Ebersole looked very impressive in defeating Dennis Hallman last Saturday night at UFC 133, more people are talking about his opponent than his first round TKO victory.
Hallman strutted to the cage in Philly donning a pair of bikini bottoms, much to the chagrin of UFC president Dana White. Hallman’s perilous (there was a very unfortunate wardrobe malfunction during the fight) choice of fightwear earned his opponent a $70,000 bonus for “getting those horrifying shorts off TV” and himself a fair amount of ridicule.
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour, Hallman revealed that he didn’t don the short, very tight briefs completely of his own volition.
“I won’t say what the bet was about, but I lost a bet to those guys and losing the bet meant that I got to wear some speedos,” Hallman told Helwani, “those guys” being two of his training partners, Len Bentley (of TUF fame) and Sterling Ford.
“I thought it was funny,” he said. “I thought it was embarrassing for me. Obviously, that’s why I had to do it. But I didn’t think anybody would be cross about it.”
Though White let everyone know his displeasure with the situation and pledged to make the “shorts” illegal in the future, Hallman told Helwani that he doesn’t see himself getting handed a pink slip for such a minor infraction.
“I don’t think they’re going to fire you over something like that,” Hallman said. “I mean, he knows I went in there and fought injured because I didn’t want to screw up their card. You can’t fire somebody for doing something that’s not illegal or not wrong. You can say, don’t do it again. But it wouldn’t be right to be like, okay, you wore legal trunks but I didn’t like them so I’m going to fire you. Dana’s not like that. He might say, if you do it again I’ll fire you, but he’s not going to fire someone for wearing trunks that were legal.”