Jorge Masvidal is concerned he will catch something from Michael Chiesa’s beard at UFC on Fox 8

Maggie Hendricks

UFC on Fox 8's Michael Chiesa has a magnificent beard. A Grizzly Adams-esque, mountain man, perhaps even Tom-Hanks-in-Castaway beard. But you know who isn't a fan of that beard? His opponent on Saturday.

Jorge Masvidal is concerned he might catch something from the beard.

"I'm going to tell the commission to wrap that thing up," Masvidal said to MMA Junkie. "I don't want to get no mat herpes or nothing on my face. I've been in this game a long time, and I ain't got nothing on my face. I ain't about catch some syphilis or whatever he's got going on in that beard, you know?"

It's not completely out of line for a fighter to ask for hair to be held back during fights. Gray Maynard did for his bout with Clay Guida, but that was about Guida's long hair, not a beard. Is it possible Masvidal is just trying to mess with Chiesa's head before their fight? If so, Chiesa is not paying attention to it.

"To my fans, I refuse to talk [expletive] in interviews to get attention. I'll do my talking, Saturday night under the lights," Chiesa tweeted.

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