UFC is trying to keep out of politically problematic situations. This is why they instituted a flag ban this past weekend.
Prior to this weekend a number of athletes would walk out with their flags. This proved problematic considering some were using the flag to make a political statement.
While having a chat with José Luis Santacruz, a student of journalism, Vera stated, “In this bout they told me that I couldn’t go out with the flag.” He continued, “Nobody can take out their flag…Ecuador has nothing to do with it.”
Not being able to carry the flag while walking out could change crucial aspects of how certain athletes market themselves. Conor McGregor made it a huge point to even have his shorts matching the flag.
Besides Conor, the flag ban is likely to impact Justin Gaethje, Cowboy Cerrone and Colby Covington who are all proud Americans.
Gaethje in particular posted about a contest to design his shorts some time back – his only requirement being that the design match the flag.
This contest came after Bryce Mitchell managed to talk the organization into letting the sponsor – Venum supply him with camo gear. Mitchell had the distaste for the original Red/blue combo.
I want to wear my country’s flag 🇺🇸 on my body May 7th. I need an artist to design some fight shorts that I can convince the UFC to let me wear. I will Venmo $500 to the best design. Sooner the better so I can file the paperwork. Send to [email protected]
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) March 2, 2022
While the Gaethje contest was announced for May 7th there’s no news about a new design.