Here is a UFC first……
Heavyweight Arjan Bhullar states that he has received permission to wear a turban during walkout for his upcoming UFC on FOX 29 fight in April.
Bhullar, who fights Adam Wieczorek on April 14, was at UFC 220 in Boston where he told MMA Junkie that the UFC has granted him permission to honor his faith by wearing a traditional turban. It may in fact even have a Reebok logo on it.
“As of right now, that is the plan, and we’ve got the green light for that,” Bhullar said. “It’s going to be a very special moment for all Indians.”
The 31-year old fighter who practices the Sikh faith was not permitted to wear the turban at UFC 215 this past September.
Although Bhullar’s headwear is affiliated with his religion and bears no relation to commercial interests, he said there’s a way for the UFC’s official apparel partner to get what it wants: A Reebok turban.
Bhullar, who’s represented by mega-talent agency CAA, said his people are in touch with Reebok to work together on a turban. A UFC official could not immediately confirm the status of a potential product.
“I’m sure once we get our ducks in a row, it would be something to celebrate and push,” Bhullar said.