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How Ronda Rousey & Other UFC Fighters Sporting Braids Can Succumb to Jada Pinkett Smith’s Horrific Condition

Published 05/21/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

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UFC Fighters are known to sport various fashionable hairstyles that add even more value to their looks. From brandishing braided hair like cornrows, reverse braids, and so on, these hairdo aids them to compete inside the ring while keeping their hair from interjecting during the bout.

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However, new reports suggest this practice might seem appealing and practical to fighters, but it could produce serious repercussions.


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Popular fighters like Miesha Tate, ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey, Angela Hill, Julianna Pena, Brian Ortega, Amanda Nunes, Urijah Faber, and so on have all donned them. This practice allows them to completely focus on their opponents while not worrying about what’s happening with their hair. But unfortunately, this trend could lead UFC fighters to face the same issue as Hollywood star, Jada Pinkett Smith. This was revealed in a report by Belgravia center.

The new finding suggests an excessive amount of stress applied to the hairline can leave them severely damaged. Fighters, dancers, models, and celebrities are all in grave danger. It can cause Traction Alopecia, which causes the hair to be pulled from the root if left under duress for a long time. Alopecia can not only stop the production of hair but also bring it to a standstill.

The researchers also offered a piece of advice to mixed martial artists to quickly undo their hair after the conclusion of their bouts. This can not only minimize the stress but also help prevent Alopecia from settling in.

While braiding is still quite popular in the sport of mixed martial arts, there is one particular fighter who made a different choice. Multiple-time women’s strawweight champion, ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas, used to follow the same practice.


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Rose Namajunas sacrificed her hair to become UFC champion

Back in 2015, she choose to get rid of them all together and hasn’t brought them back ever since. A report by Sun highlighted an interaction Namajunas had with her fans about the same. She offered her thoughts on making this decision and why she continues to sport the bald look. While interacting with fans on Instagram, she was quizzed about the buzzsaw look, and here’s what she had to say.

She said, “It’s a fight, not a beauty pageant. S**t’s in my way at practice… Cut it off!


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Written by:

Ayank Chourasia


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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.
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Paras Pande