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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 FiveOuncesOfPain.com 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.”

17 COMMENTS
  • Here’s a solution, purely for entertainment purposes.

    Melvin Manhoef vs. Melvin Costa.

    Destruction.

    Thanks for playing, Fascism.

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  • Accomando says:

    That was fast.

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  • […] The firestorm about KOTC fighter Melvin Costa is growing. More reaction here. […]

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  • dustin says:

    WTF? another corporation ruining an amazing sport. IF they kick him out they have lost a fan, and the guy who is responsible will probably get his ass kicked, remember he has been in jail since he was 15. WTF can’t these idiots just let the man fight.. not sure if you realize this but MMA is not a Politically Correct (TM) sport.

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  • 124124 says:

    manhoef would kill that fuicker for real hahaha

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  • giallo says:

    Sorry Gary, becoming a sqeeky clean imaged organization went out the door when you signed Kimbo

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  • Snyder says:

    Costa oughta try to fight in Russia or Japan. I doubt those countries would get their panties in a bunch over a fighters tats and views…

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  • Triple Crown Fighter says:

    Melvin Costa is fighting Jason Jones Dec 2 and Melvin Manhoef is expected to be in his corner.

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  • Luis says:

    They should let Melvin Costa fight. They will be taking away his free speech right if the organization cuts him. He might be able to sue, which I hope he does if this becomes the case. They let Mike Tyson fight after he put a Malcom X tattoo on himself. And Malcom X was for the advancement of the black race and black culture. Nothing wrong with loving your people as long as you don’t hurt nobody there’s nothing wrong here.

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  • Max says:

    You’re right that Costa is taking advantage of his free speech rights by wearing the swastika tattoos. In the US, nobody can stop him from having those tattoos.

    However, KOTC is a private company and they have the right to decide who to work with and, more importantly, who to promote via their organization.

    It is perfectly legitimate for them to choose not to promote him (and his views by association) If Costa wants to fight in their organization, he can alter or remove the tattoos.

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  • Robert says:

    I believe hiring or firing someone because of their political, religious, or racial identity is illegal and a violation of civil rights. Doesn’t matter if you’re a corporation or not.
    That’s why the constitution is important, so that ignorant, easily offended, sissy ass bitches like you guys can’t fuck up the country with your politically correct moronic ideals that belong more to the soviet fucking union than the united states.

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  • marlon says:

    So much for his white power, he got tapped to an armbar less then a minute. By the way it was done by a black fighter.

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  • CONFUSED says:

    IM NOT SURE BUT IF I OWNED A PRIVATE OWNED BUSSINESS AND ITOLD SOME ONE THEY COULDNT WORK FOR ME BECAUSE YOUR BLACK OR MEX OR ASIAN OR JEWISH I WOULD GET SUED AND LOSE!! HES GOOD FIGHTER AND ALWAYS BRINGS IT IF SOMBODY TAPS HE STOPS UNLIKE THAT NONSENSE AT HIS LAST FIGHT WERE DUDE WOULDNT STOP HAD TO BE STOPPED AND YOU CALL HIM A HATER OR SAY UR AFRAID OF WHAT HE MIGHT DO TO ANOTHER RACE AND KOTC IS A PRIVATE BUSSINESS WHO CHOSE TO LET HIM FIGHT UNTILL EVERYBODY STARTED CRYING GET RID OF THE EVIL WHITE GUY THEN GO SIGN KIMBO A NONE GANG MEMBER GET REAL AS LONG AS THEY KEEP IT IN THE CAGE AND DO IT BYE THE RULES MORE POWER TO THEM AND MELVIN WOULD KNOCK OUT MARLON IN THE CAGE

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  • marlon says:

    THAT IS NOT NEEDED CONFUSED, MY BIG HOMIE ALREADY DID IT FOR ME JASON JONES. YOU JUST MAD THAT YOU WHITE NAZI FIGHTER MELVIN COSTA GOT HIS ASS KICKED BY A BLACK FIGHTER NAMED JASON JONES.

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  • Ron says:

    This is to max.

    He may have the right to wear his tattoo and they may have the right to ban him if he does but WE have the right to boycott them if they infringe on his rights.

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  • Caged says:

    Any fighter, who as the sack to put it up in the Cage, deserves to be there; I am with the posters who are attacking the limp-writsted, politically correct crowd.

    MMA, is not a politically correct sport…it is True Sports…man to man. If you effeminate gender normers cannot handle what an individual Man has on his body, Black or White, then go play golf.

    To the Institutional leaders: Quit being such hypocrites. You make money on some of the worst personalities, yet would withhold an aspiring fighter from gainful employment. I will bet, by the way, that all the owners are white, but are afraid to admit it to themselves; what we need is less pussies like that, than fighters like Costa.

    Get real.

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  • Todd says:

    Only an idiot would try to get someone kicked out of MMA for having stupid tattoos.

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