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Erik Perez debuts luchador mask at UFC 155

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04:23 PM ET 12.29 | Mexican fighter Erik Perez pleaded and pleaded with UFC president Dana White hoping that he would be able to showcase his proud heritage when walking to the octagon at UFC 155. Perez wanted to wear a luchador mask -- which he was unable to do for his organizational debut -- during his entrance on Saturday night and White finally came around to the idea. White was initially turned off by the idea because he thought it would become another gimmick to attract attention to the fighter. "You guys know how I feel about guys acting like idiots walking out to the octagon; I can't stand it," White said. "You're going in there to fight. This isn't pro wrestling. But he's got a reason for why he does it, and they sat down, they explained it to me, and I'm cool with it. All the other goofy [expletive] that happens? I can't stand it. To explain to you how painful it is for me to sit there and watch a guy walk 25 feet to the octagon acting like a moron, it hurts me. It hurts me, and I can't stand it." But it was after looking more into the history of the mask that White warmed up to the idea of allowing Perez to wear the luchador mask. "Those masks, Mexican wrestlers used to wear them, but it's a warrior thing, and they explained it to me. I can live with that. If it makes sense to me - and you're just not acting like an idiot trying to come up with a different spiel every time you walk and that's your thing, I'm cool with that." Perez unveiled his mask at the UFC 155 weigh-ins and the folks of FanSided have the visual evidence.

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December 31, 2012  09:52 AM ET

and legions of MMA fans said "Who the f'k is this faig?" Go back to WWE...

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