A Czech MMA fighter has been banned from an area battle league occasion after neo-Nazi symbology was discovered amongst his tattoos
Radek Rousal has had his skilled MMA debut canceled by Czech group Oktagon MMA after it was found that he had quite a few neo-Nazi tattoos, together with one among Adolf Hitler on his proper arm.
Rousal, who’s untested as an MMA professional however has a 0-1 kickboxing file, was in line to make his first look within the cage as a short-notice substitute towards Slovakian Nikolas Krivak.
Nevertheless, officers from the battle league have been pressured to rethink their plans after noticing the offensive ink on Rousal’s physique on the pre-fight weigh-in.
His heavily-tattooed physique consists of a picture of a cranium sporting an SS cap on the left aspect of his chest, in addition to the picture of Hitler on his arm, and was sufficient to see his MMA debut placed on maintain – prompting officers from Oktagon MMA to leap into harm management mode.
“It can not occur that you’d come right here wanting like that,” the occasion’s promoter Ondrej Novotny mentioned.
“We now have a clause about that within the contract, we might positive him. For the tattoo on his chest as nicely. No approach.
“It’s completely justified that there’s an outcry. We didn’t examine what he seems to be like, neither did our photographers or our cameramen discover the tattoo.
“No person spoke of it beforehand. We didn’t find out about it, actually not.”
Rousal, for his half, seems to agree and says that he acquired the tattoos throughout a troubled interval of his life and says that he intends to have them lined over as quickly as attainable.
“I grew up within the troubled group of folks that made this tattoo,” he mentioned.
“On the time, I didn’t know what to do with life, I used to be younger and this tattoo was silly. Later, I began doing martial arts, which led me to a totally completely different life and worldview.
“I’ve extra tattoos that I remorse, I steadily take away all of them. I additionally need to apologize with my assertion.”
For Novotny, this seems to be too little, too late and has led to him being banned from the promotion till additional discover.
“I informed him he was loopy. I am not a tattoo professional, however how lengthy can it take to tattoo this? Two days?” he mentioned of Rousal’s vow to have the tattoos lined.
“It is good that he mainly distanced himself from it, I belief him and I can perceive all the things, however not this and it may be carried out sooner. Most significantly, it have to be seen. This isn’t very seen but.“
Rousal’s clarification of his background seems to reflect that of UFC middleweight contender Sean Strickland who lately confirmed that he grew up espousing neo-Nazi beliefs earlier than condemning them, and later admitting that he was “ashamed” of his prior character.