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Talk about a public relations nightmare


Hat’s off to Fight Linker for coming across the above image and calling it to the public’s attention.

The image you are seeing above is believed to be of fighter Melvin Costa and that is indeed a swastika on his chest. I’m not even going to comment on the tattoo on his stomach.

According to Sherdog’s fight finder, Costa is 4-0 with all four fights having taken place in the last six months. He’s fought as recently as Oct. 7.

Do I know for a fact that Costa is a racist? No, I’ve never met the man and had a conversation about his thought on race relations in America but why else would someone have a tattoo of a swastika on their chest?

Free speech is protected in the United States under the first amendment of the constitution so Costa is entitled to his opinion, no matter how ignorant it might be. However, King of the Cage is now owned by ProElite, Inc. , which is a publicly traded company. A company has to be held accountable for the actions of their employees and the manner in which they represent the company. For PE to choose someone with a neo-nazi tattoo on his chest to represent them is both inexcusable and unacceptable.

Hopefully PE will respond to the massive amount of e-mail it’s receiving and choose not to allow Costa to continue to represent its company while also issuing a statement denouncing what his tattoo represents.