Some fans take issue w/ Cain's 'Brown Pride' tattoo

by Steve Cofield | source:

Mexicans and Mexican-Americans have long been a huge factor in combat sports, mainly boxing in the middle and lower weight classes. The trickle over to mixed martial arts has slowly developed with fighters like Roger Huerta, Efrain Escudero, Diego Sanchez and tonight's UFC 104 co-main fighter Cain Velasquez.

All four of those guys proudly proclaim that they have Mexican roots. It's no different than recent boxing stars like Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, yet Velasquez strikes a chord with some with his visual statement of pride. Velasquez has "brown pride" emblazened across his chest. The Las Vegas Review-Journal did a piece on Velasquez where he talked about the roots for the tattoo:

"I did it (as a tribute to) my dad and all he did to get over here. He gave me something to look up to when I was little," Velasquez said. "I'm proud of my roots and where I come from. We're hard workers. I love that. I love everything about my culture."

Velasquez said his father crossed the border illegally and was deported several times before finally settling in Salinas, Calif., and starting a family.

The illegal crossing mention brings out the crazies on the internet. Here is one of the many anti-Hispanic messages posted on the LVRJ comment page, from something called la grande lumiere:

Velasquez looks up tp this father, an illegal immigrant. I can understand a son revering his father. It is a nice touch. If his father had not immigrated illegally, then Cain would not have had the advantages, such as attending college (All American at Arizona State)and being groomed for his athletic career. No, he would be sitting in the dirt in Mexico just another Mexican in a dirt poor country.

Don't you think he owes some pride and patriotism to the United States of America? I do. Until he does admit some fondness for this country, his efforts will fall on deaf ears. Who cares about an ethnic person who shows no gratitude to America?


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Redneck site profile image  

10/27/09 3:26 PM by Redneck

I have no problem with his tattoo, or his right to express himself.It's only a damn tattoo, lighten the hell up.

LayzieTheSavage site profile image  

10/27/09 3:23 PM by LayzieTheSavage

LOL Voted up  

LayzieTheSavage site profile image  

10/27/09 3:21 PM by LayzieTheSavage

 it's official, you are a loser. 

droplogic site profile image  

10/27/09 2:44 PM by droplogic

I don't take issue with his tattoo, if he wants to support terrorism that's his deal.  I just don't understand the message behind brown pride, I mean, is he saying brown people have pride or he's proud of brown people.  And what does his pride in middle eastern people have to do with mexico, there are no brown people in mexico, just burnt orange.

DAVID H site profile image  

10/27/09 2:42 PM by DAVID H


DAVID H site profile image  

10/27/09 2:41 PM by DAVID H

Once again, TOWE has hit the correct.

TOWE site profile image  

10/27/09 2:37 PM by TOWE

 I think he is referring to some episode of Gangland where I saw some 20 year old nerds in Nashville thinking they were some hardcore gang.  Here in Cali they would get smashed and turned into punks!

NHB USA site profile image  

10/27/09 1:20 PM by NHB USA

 WHITE PRIDE mothafuckin' WORLD W I D E               (my next tattoo)

Jweinberg site profile image  

10/27/09 1:09 PM by Jweinberg

 I am sure he does it also to get the huge mexican fan base.. .. he has a better chance getting all of them, than cracker americans- especially people in the south.. for christ sakes they are so fuckin retarded

YakimaRed site profile image  

10/27/09 1:03 PM by YakimaRed

I remember, when I heard him say that, thinking, "I'll tell ya right now: That's going to piss some rednecks off."


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