Finnish MMA fighter with nazi tattoos gets the boot from KSW in Poland
Niko Puhakka, a Finnish mixed-martial arts fighter described as a 'neo-fascist' has been removed from Polish MMA promotion KSW this week. The fighter, who is 24-11 in MMA, had been scheduled to fight for their vacant lightweight title but due to the uproar caused by his obvious far-right leanings, the promotion pulled him from their roster.
The organisation's reasons were motivated by negative publicity - they were apparently happy to let him compete previously despite him being well-known for his fascist sympathies. Puhakka fought and won their lightweight tournament last year, hence his title shot. He has 'Blood & Honour' across his chest, and also German 'soldiers waving a Nazi flag on his upper right arm'.
He had already fought for KSW three times. It's likely that he'd never caused an uproar because he didn't quite have the exposure until he was announced as having a title fight.
KSW say their 'federation never was and will never be an institution promoting any kind of political, religious or social beliefs. We are a sporting organization, which chooses its fighters solely on a basis of their athletic accomplishments. Our goal is to confront skills, records and names not fighter’s views.
However, the amount of negative feedback we received regarding the above- mentioned fighter forced us to exclude him from the competition.'
Puhakka had already been removed from British MMA promotion BAMMA's 'BAMMA 8' card a few months ago when they learned of his leanings. Puhakka has an association with fascist-imagery flogging MMA clothing line Hoelzer Reich who are banned by the UFC and its associated promotions.
There's already enough jingoistic, macho, nationalistic, flag-waving dickheads in MMA, I guess KSW just didn't have enough room for this one anymore.