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.
See also : Toni Valtonen | Doug Sonier | Hoelzer Reich : White Christmas Catalogue! (December 9, 2009).
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…
Niko Puhakka declares himself a racist. SO FUCKING WHAT!!!!
Why do you even care, considering it is his choice.
Well, kinda sorta. Actually, Puhakka has declared his adherence to neo-Nazism; which is not the same thing as racism. And yeah, it’s his choice to do so. If you think about it for a few seconds — or, perhaps, in your case, many years — you’ll discover that, simply because some thing is a person’s choice, that doesn’t mean nobody should ‘care’. By the same token, ‘Why do you even care, considering it’s my choice to blog about it?’. As for Puhakka the MMA, I thought it was richly ironic that a fan of a regime which occupied Poland and engaged in the mass murder of its citizens should be invited to compete in its principal MMA franchise. Further, given the response of the UFC group to Hoelzer Reich, I thought that drawing further attention to the fact that Puhakka’s a neo-Nazi was worthwhile.
You see, I don’t like neo-Nazis. Is that a crime?
~ Blood & Honour zine, No.28 (2003)
Niko Puhakka defeated Valentin Siouljine by disqualification at Fight Festival 9 on October 20, 2003. Wikipedia notes that Niko “is known for having numerous neo-Nazi tattoos”; it’s less well-known that he served as security for the Finnish branch of the neo-Nazi network Blood & Honour, altho’ this would help to explain the ‘Blood & Honour’ tattoo he has on his chest.
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Since that B&H zine was written he had suffered 11 losses. Several were to Brazilians, one to a German of Turkish ancestry and one to a black Frenchman.
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Hahaha, You get so upset when someone has their own view on the world, I say, I don’t give a crap if he is a Nazi, Nazis make alot of good points anyway, he has a couple tattoos and decides to pursue a career, and idiots like you want him gone, but I’m sure you wouldn’t mind a dude with Anti-Fa tattoos boxing. You are a hypocrite, people like you go against us Nazis because of different views, yet you claim we are closed minded, you are true ignorance.
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