COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker expressed regret Saturday night that his outfit had allowed a registered sex offender with an apparent Neo-nazi tattoo on the card.
Welterweight Brandon Saling fought (and lost to Roger Bowling) with what looked to be a Neo-nazi tattoo, an "88" that in some circles means "Heil Hitler" -- 'h' is the eighth letter of the alphabet -- and with a criminal record. According to this newspaper account, Saler was indicted in 2004 on charges of unlawful sexual conduct when he was 18, "an alleged rape of a person under 13."
I couldn't find the disposition of that case on Saturday night, but Saling is registered in Ohio as a sex offender, for gross sexual imposition.
Afterward, I asked Coker why Saling was allowed on the card. Coker said he wasn't aware of Saling's past (or tattoo) until Saturday night, but expressed disappointment and said Saling's presence on the card will be subjected to "a full investigation on Monday."