“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… I thought it was funny. 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… I don’t think they’re going to fire you over something like that. 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.”
— Dennis Hallman on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani explaining why he wore speedos in his UFC 133 bout against Brian Ebersole
Dennis Hallman may have thought it was funny, but Dana White sure didn’t. While he was clearly upset about it in his post-fight interviews, Dana did say that if Hallman was released, it would be because he lost, not because of his fight attire. Still, if you’re one of the few fighters who aren’t expendable in the UFC, the last thing you want to do is lose while simultaneously pissing off Dana White. In other words, when Dana and Joe Silva review the list of candidates to cut, do you really want an giant asterisk with the words “horrified” and “disgusted” next to your name? No, probably not.
Oh, and yes, there was a wardrobe malfunction.