Finnish MMA Niko Puhakka‘s recent victories in Poland over Danny van Bergen and Borys Mańkowski have helped to generated some (presumably) unwelcome headlines for the neo-Nazi skinhead.
Finnish neo-fascist at martial arts show in Poland
September 21, 2010
Niko Puhakka, a neo-fascist from Finland was allowed to fight at a martial arts show in Lodz, central Poland and show off his Nazi tattoos.
During bouts organized by KSW, the premiere mixed martial arts organization in Poland, Puhakka showed off his [...] naked chest with the neo-Nazi organization Blood&Honour tattooed on his chest.
The fascist organization, which calls for violence against “the enemies of the race”, is illegal in Poland.
“It’s a scandal that a neo-Nazi was allowed to participate in the show,” Marcin Kornak from “Never Again” association which fights against racism, xenophobia and intolerance told Polish Radio.
“Niko Puhakka is known for his neo-fascist views and for exposing his tattoos showing Celtic crosses, a racist symbol of “white power”. Yet, nobody, not even Polsat TV, which broadcast the show, asked him to cover them up,” said Kornak, adding that until recently Puhakka was sponsored by a clothing company which produces clothes with Nazi symbols.
The company Kornak refers to is Hoelzer Reich. Controversy over HR’s neo-Nazi leanings eventually resulted in its product being banned from UFC.
It may seem slightly odd for a Polish fight promotion to tolerate the promotion of neo-Nazism by one of its fighters, but in fairness to KSW, it’s not just Polish business that consorts with fascists: in Sydney, Returned & Services League clubs routinely allow neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and other racists to enjoy camaraderie and mateship by holding conferences on their premises; we will remember them blah blah blah.
As for Puhakka, the bonehead will invade Poland again for KSW XV, where he will fight Maciej Górski. Since HR’s banning, Puhakka has changed his MySpace page to ‘Private’, so precisely which other Übermensch he’s mates with, and how he’s coping with the demise of ‘Kill Baby Kill’, is unknown, but he continues to wear both a Life Rune and B&H tattoo on his chest and therefore, it would seem, his Nazi heart on his sleeve.
Mentally ill Russian cagefighter arrested in Norway after hospital break-out
September 23, 2010
A former Russian mixed martial arts fighter was detained in Norway a month after he escaped from a mental ward in St. Petersburg, Norwegian media said.
Vyacheslav Datsik, 33, was arrested when he applied for political asylum at the Police Immigration Unit in Oslo. The “bulky, muscular and redheaded Russian” also handed a loaded revolver to the officer, Aftenposten wrote.
Datsik was also involved in political activities as a member of the neo-Nazi party, Slavic Union, which was banned in Russia this march but reportedly opened its office in Norway. The party posted an online video saying Datsik arrived to the country onboard an arms-trafficking vessel.
The video also shows Datsik posing in front of an “Oslo SS” banner, with an axe and a gun in his hands.
“I am not a nationalist. I’m a racist,” Datsik was quoted as saying in the online edition of the Verdens Gang (VG) newspaper…