Finnish Fighter Toni Valtonen has swastika, white power tattoos

Monday, August 31, 2009

MMA Fighter Toni Valtonen Has Swastika, ‘White Power’ Tattoos

Toni Valtonen is a Finnish mixed martial artist who fights all around the world for Team Finland in the M-1 Challenge, including two fights in the United States this year. A veteran with a 19-9 record, Valtonen hasn’t done much in the ring to distinguish himself from any of the thousands of other athletes who compete in MMA.

But he is now attracting attention for something unrelated to his fighting: Valtonen has a swastika tattooed on his shoulder and the words “white pride” tattooed on his back.

Valtonen’s tattoos are not exactly a secret — there are plenty of photographs in which they’re readily apparent (see here and here for examples) — but they’ve been largely ignored by MMA fans and the media, in large part because M-1 has required him to wear a patch over them while he fights.

But the patch over his swastika tattoo came off during a fight that was televised in the United States on HDNet, and the network later acknowledged on its Inside MMA show that it received a complaint from a viewer about it. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon declined to discuss the matter further, saying via e-mail, “We did a segment on Inside MMA this week. Enough said.”

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