Racist tattoos in MMA and the fighter that has them

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Interesting post I saw on Bloody Elbow via Fanhouse. This Finnish MMA guy, Toni Valtonen has quite a few very glaring, hateful tattoos on his body, including a swastika, iron cross, “Born to Hate”, and “White Pride” among others. I suppose it was only a matter of time that a sport based on aggressive fighting with a little counter-culture kick to it managed to get some numbskulls in it, but boy… this guy and Melvin Costa sure do take the cake.

It’s also worth noting that maybe someone like Cain Velasquez, who has a huge “Brown Pride” on his chest may want to rethink something like that. Yes, White Pride has a huge racist background due to the history of the past 120 years in Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere, I’m a hereditary Jew, believe me, I know. However, it is still notable and people like this can point and go “well what about him?”

Here’s what Valtonen had to say, “I had a crazy and rebellious youth, I made some faults in my past and I am not proud of these marks. I regret that I ever had these tattoos made. Nowadays I am a dedicated family man and professional athlete, and I am not involved in any politics whatsoever.”

I don’t buy that kind of bullshit. “Not involved with politics” means you aren’t going to rallies, not that you’re disavowing your “youthful indiscretions”. Pics of Valtonen, Costa and Velasquez below the cut.

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14 responses to “Racist tattoos in MMA and the fighter that has them

  1. hart crary

    The guy made a stupid decision in getting the tattoos in the first place. If he continues to support the position stated by his tattoos he is still stupid, if not people need to get over it!

  2. Agamemnon

    Nikko Puhakka is another Finnish MMA artist with at least one “dodgy” tattoo – it says ‘Blood and Honour.’ I wonder whether there’s a small town in Finland where these guys and others all coincidentally had crazy and rebellious salad days? I suppose the local tattooist just waits until they pass out on the street and then charges right over…

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  5. James

    You accuse the guy of not disavowing his racial views after you directly quote him doing so. You presume to call him a liar to justify this whole bullshit article. I noticed your attitude towards Valasquez was completely different, implying that maybe his tattoo (which is a blatant racial statement) is perhaps ill advised and a slight oversight, but nowhere near as bad as the white fighters. And you have to drag up 120 years of history to excuse your blatant bias. How about you grow up and respect peoples rights to freedom of thought and freedom of expression.

    • mixedmartialartsblogger

      Normally I’d brush you off as being dumb and ignorant, but I’ll use this as an object lesson on owning idiots who can’t form coherent thoughts and haven’t been able to figure out how stupid they are.

      “You accuse the guy of not disavowing his racial views after you directly quote him doing so.” – Saying you’re a banana and being a banana are two different things. Saying you’re not a racist while keeping a swastika tattooed on your chest means you’re a racist.

      “You presume to call him a liar to justify this whole bullshit article.” – As I said above, I call him a liar and point out exactly where his hypocrisy lies. Talking the talk is one thing, walking the walk is another.

      “I noticed your attitude towards Valasquez was completely different, implying that maybe his tattoo (which is a blatant racial statement) is perhaps ill advised and a slight oversight, but nowhere near as bad as the white fighters.” – If you truly need a lesson on the differing implications between the virulent racism and violence that comes with White Pride and the much less ambiguous line of Brown Pride then your history teachers in school hopefully failed you in that subject. It’s so blatantly obvious that I can’t actually fathom how stupid you are for stating they’re equally as bad. For the record, I dislike the Brown Pride tattoo and think it’s damned stupid (then again, most tattoos are), but I don’t get pissed off about it the same way I do a Swastika. They do NOT represent anywhere near the same thing.

      “And you have to drag up 120 years of history to excuse your blatant bias.” – See, you’re implying I have to go back 120 years to find something. No. I go back to the beginning and continue it’s entire line. The entire history of the movement is filled with hatred, violence and other assorted retardedtry (new word!). Not 120 years ago, but the whole fucking thing.

      “How about you grow up and respect peoples rights to freedom of thought and freedom of expression.” – You have the right to feel however you do. If you believe in/support a racist, violent movement, then I also have the right to tell you to go fuck yourself/ I also have the right to boycott any place that so employs you (M1-Global in this case). I have the right to do so in a public manner, the same way the idiots at Westboro Baptist do. However instead of segregation, hate and violence, I campaign for tolerance and togetherness. Why aren’t you respecting my right to freedom of thought and expression?

    • josh

      good point James.

  6. colton

    uh huh well maybe he doesnt want to get them taken off so he will always have that little bit of regret hanging over him. maybe he needs to keep them as a reminder of what he has done in the past and he looks at his tattoos everyday to remind him of what he needs to do to provide for his family. your whole post is just so bias it doesnt make any sense. i hate niggers and mexicans and jews and idiots but that doesnt make me any less of a person then you. you apparently hate white guys that arnt perfect, your just a bitch that doesnt have anything better to do then rage against little stuff that may or may not be a bad thing. the tattoos are very vulgar and he shouldnt have them but that doesnt make it right for you to judge what kind of persons they are just from appearence and pasts.

    • mixedmartialartsblogger

      Normally I’d delete this kind of drivel, but I’ll keep it up there for the guys ownage of himself.

      i hate niggers and mexicans and jews and idiots but that doesnt make me any less of a person then you.

      Yea. It kinda does. Thanks for playing tho.

    • Uncommondeity

      I feel sorry for you… Pathetic… Hate is an inside job… Sad when you think your better than someone based on your skin color?! Wow… Your a winner… Please NEVER procreate, castrate yourself :( I’d rather live around 100 niggers cause your a waste of white skin?! If you love yourself- you don’t have time to hate anyone based on looks alone.

  7. mainmeat@hotmail.com

    i think you will see that cain’s tatoo actually says “Bronx Pride” ….hardly anything racist about that? ….

  8. Jared

    One question:WHY HASN’T HE BEEN BANNED?!?!?!

    • mixedmartialartsblogger

      I’ll assume you’re talking about Valtonen? He is banned in many locales and others have made him wear a rash guard in his fights.

  9. U.D.

    It would seem Valtonen’s explanation of his expression carries the same intent, -as well as validity,- as Mr.Randal Krager’s of Volksfront’s mission and purpose. But what it all boils down to is personal belief. I don’t believe it is possible to change someone’s conviction about prejudice and bigotry so easily; these are deeply woven into the fabric of our society and sub-conscious. Some say education is what’s best to combat racism, some say interaction. It seems to me that empathy is the only thing that might be able to change one’s perspective, but in this day and age these ideas are deteriorating at a faster rate than they did a century ago.

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