The situation surrounding Dustin Holyko and the World Series of Fighting took yet another turn for the worse last night when it was revealed that Holyko was not even licensed to fight in the state of Florida. Holyko previously made news when he appeared on the NBC broadcast for the WSOF event with neo-Nazi symbols tattooed on his skin as well as the words "white" and "pride" tattooed on his left and right biceps.
In addition to the tattoos, Holyko has an extensive criminal history, including multiple arrests and convictions for domestic violence.
According to a report in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Holyko's fighter license expired in December of 2013 and he had not submitted an application for a new license after.
The commission is calling the situation an "administrative oversight" and states that they're currently investigating the situation.
There are also serious issues surrounding Holyko and not disclosing his criminal history on his 2011 and 2013 applications.
From the Daytona Beach News-Journal article:
The first application, filed in 2011, did not disclose Holyko was a convicted felon, and was not signed or dated. The application also did not indicate his gender.
The second application, filed in 2013, had the words "armed robbery" and "cleared" written under the section that asked if the applicant had been convicted of a crime in the last 10 years. The second application also had a signature and date.
Ancora-Brown said fighters with a criminal history are required to divulge their past when submitting a license application. A criminal background does not mean a fighter will have a license revoked, denied or suspended, Ancora-Brown said.
A quick trip through his criminal record shows far more criminal activity in the past ten years.
Similar failures to disclose criminal history marred the Brandon Saling issue in Ohio. Saling was tattooed with similar white pride and neo-Nazi words/symbols when he appeared on a Strikeforce broadcast on Showtime. He also had not disclosed his criminal past.
Ohio came down hard on Saling, revoking his license and giving the impression that he would not be licensed should he apply again.
Commissions often license convicted criminals, but consider "falsified" applications a serious enough offense that they can choose to never license a fighter again.
As a reminder, WSOF officials have said that they don't conduct background checks into fighters. It would appear that this includes not ensuring that the fighters on their cards have active licenses to compete.