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UFC turban ban reversed in ‘special moment for all Indians’

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The times ... they are a-changin’.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will now permit fighters to wear turbans at all mixed martial arts (MMA) events, including the upcoming UFC on FOX 29 extravaganza in April, so don’t be surprised to see former Olympic wrestler Arjan Bhullar trotting to the cage under his religious headwear.

“As of right now, that is the plan, and we’ve got the green light for that,” Bhullar told reporters at UFC 220 (via MMA Junkie). “It’s going to be a very special moment for all Indians.”

The 31-year-old Canadian — of South Indian origin and Sikh faith — defeated Luis Henrique at UFC 215 in his Octagon debut. But the victory was overshadowed by the promotion’s decision to ban Bhullar from wearing his turban to the Octagon.

Now, not only is Bhullar permitted to wear his turban, there’s a chance he could have it sporting the Reebok logo.

Let’s just hope they do a better job with heads than torsos.

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