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Gary Shaw addresses Melvin Costa controversy

ProElite, Inc. and EliteXC have come under scrutiny after a recent photo of a fighter believed to be Melvin Costa taken during a King of the Cage show began to circulate on the Internet that depicts Costa with a tattoo of a swastika on his chest.

After being run independently for several years, King of the Cage was acquired by ProElite., Inc. the parent company of EliteXC, several months ago.

When contacted by for comment, EliteXC live events president Gary Shaw did not condone Costa having fought for a company owned by ProElite, Inc.

“I try not to allow anyone to anybody to fight in the cage or the ring that has anything inappropriate either on their gear or tattooed permanently on their body,” said Shaw, speaking on behalf of EliteXC. “And that means either ethnic, or racial, or anything offensive to the general public.”

Shaw indicated that the company could be preparing to take action against Costa.

“I was unaware of the situation (but) I’m in the process of handling it now,” he said. “Hopefully, it will never happen again.”

However, Shaw stopped short of saying whether Costa would fight for King of the Cage again.

“I’m going to sit down with (King of the Cage president) Terry Trebilcock and probably sit down with Melvin,” Shaw began to respond when asked about Costa’s future with the promotion. “We’ll explain what our feelings are both as a public company, and just in general, about things that are offensive to the general public.”