Earlier in 2016 Donald Cowboy Cerrone came under heavy critique for wearing a patch in honor of his terminally ill grandmother on his reebok shorts at the UFC. At the time he was quoted saying:
Let’s just say a LOT. Think of a number then double it https://t.co/yBSGT4cfvc
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) January 7, 2016
But it’s looking like Reebok is letting up. In an interesting turn of events a Sikh fighter will be allowed to wear his turban in the octagon.
Arjan Singh Bhullar is to faceoff against Adam Wieczorek on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale in Arizona state.
Bhullar is partnering with the NSC, which has been running a national campaign, “We Are Sikhs,” in the US to educate people about the Sikh religion and dispel misinformation about turbans.
Bhullar said: “It’s important for me to wear my turban into the ring. Around the world, people do not know what Sikhs stands for and what our turbans stand for. We believe in equality for any gender, caste, race. Throughout history, we have been fighting for that as a people and the turban signals a readiness to protect those values. It’s important for me to represent where I come from and what my people are all about.” Bhullar was forbidden from wearing a turban under the UFC attire rules.
Bhullar, 31, is an Indo-Canadian, who represented Canada in wrestling at the 2012 London Olympics.