Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker addressed the Brandon Saling situation at the “Tate vs. Rousey” post-fight press conference Saturday night, insisting that Strikeforce “had no knowledge” of undercard fighter Saling’s criminal past and neo-nazi affiliations.
Saling caused a stir Saturday night when several neo-nazi tattoos were visible on his body during his loss against Roger Bowling. Saling has “white steel” printed on his stomach, with an “88″ (neo-nazi code for “Heil Hitler”) flanked by SS symbols on his shoulder.
Saling is also a registered sex offender, previously serving prison time for “gross sexual imposition” involving the rape of a 12 year old girl. He later served time on a domestic assault charge as well.
Coker announced that the Ohio State Athletic Commission would be launching a full investigation on that matter. But it’s unclear as to what such an investigation would glean, as Saling’s past is readily available to anyone who bothers to do a simple web search. Quite fr