98 shares WSOF fighter Dustin Holyko has been released by the promotion following a story that revealed his criminal history and tattoos associated with Neo-Nazis.
“Honestly, we were not aware of Dustin Holyko’s criminal record or any potentially offensive tattoos prior to him competing at WSOF 11,” read a statement provided to MMAjunkie by its legal department. “He was licensed by the Florida commission prior to the fight, and it was his third professional fight under their jurisdiction. That said, with the information that has since come to light, we immediately elected to terminate our relationship with Mr. Holyko.”
“We were unaware of the offensive tattoos prior to his fight,” read a separate statement provided by a PR rep. “WSOF does not and will not tolerate or condone such tattoos or hate-fueled beliefs.”
Holyko (2-1) was submitted by Neiman Gracie (2-0) in a 175-pound catchweight bout on the preliminary-card of this past Saturday’s WSOF 11, which took place at Ocean Center in Daytona, Fla. The bout streamed on MMAjunkie, but a replay later aired on the event’s NBC-televised main card.
When contacted for comment, Holyko wasn’t yet aware of his release from the WSOF but said he wouldn’t contest the move and would continue his career as a fighter. He noted he was signed on short notice as a local fighter to help bolster ticket sales.
“I make plenty of money,” he said. “I’m cool with it or without it. I’d love to have the opportunity, but if not, I’m still going to do me.”
A report from BloodyElbow.com initially detailed several criminal charges filed against Holyko, including domestic violence, animal cruelty, felony battery domestic violence and domestic battery by strangulation. Additionally, the report includes pictures of the fighter that display tattoos associated with white supremacist groups, including the iron cross, Nazi “SS” lightning bolt, and the words “white” and “pride” on his arms.
MMAjunkie verified the charges via clerk and inmate records in Volusia County (Fla.) and the Florida Department […]