On the undercard of last month's Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey card, a number of fans spotted what appeared to be white power tattoos on fighter Brandon Saling. A quick internet search by various parties turned up a criminal record as well.
After an investigation, Ohio-and-NJ-ACs/" target="_blank">Brandon Saling's license was revoked by the Ohio Athletic Commission and New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.
Profato told MMAjunkie.com that Saling violated administrative statutes when he lied about his criminal background on an application for a fight license.
"There's a dual thing there," Profato said. "He'll have to answer to the falsification, and two, if you read the law, it says they don't have to license you for a felony. Now, it will be whether they ever license him again because of being listed as a sexual predator."
Saling appealed the ruling at a OAC hearing on April 11, and was unsuccessful by a 3-0 vote.
Saling told MMAjunkie.com that he accepts the ruling but will seek fights in states that will license him.
"It's fair," Saling said. "I falsified my application."
Saling's revocation runs until April 11, 2013. Should he wish to fight in Ohio after that term, he will need to appear before the commission to show "just cause" as to why he should be reinstated.
Saling said he'll likely reapply when the term runs its course.
Now 26, the fighter admits he made grave mistakes earlier in his life, but he said he's since been trying to better himself. He also denied being a member of any white supremacist groups despite tattoos linked to Neo-Nazi culture that were visible to viewers of his Strikeforce fight.
"Everyone thinks I'm this child predator, like I'm hiding out in the bushes being this sick f--- kind of person," Saling said. "That's not me by no means. The charges were because of the age difference between us. It's not like I held anyone down and made them do anything. I know what I did was wrong, and I wish I could go back, but I can't."
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