The Nelk Boys released a video on their NELK YouTube channel on July 13. During the video they paid a visit to UFC headquarters in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White greeted them and presented the Nelk Boys with personalized Happy Dad Nike sneakers, one of which was later used by Tai Tuivasa for his post-fight shoey celebration after his knockout win over Greg Hardy.
Besides the Happy Dad kicks, Happy Dad is the name of the Nelk Boys’ seltzer company, the UFC boss had another item he wanted to show his guests. From all appearances those items appeared to be UFC branded “brass knuckles,” which came in a foam lined hard case. While the Nelk Boys opened the cases, White said, “let me know if you want a pair.”
If the items were indeed “brass knuckles,” White might have committed a crime in the state of Nevada.
According to Las Vegas Defense Group, “Brass knuckles are prohibited in Nevada. Possessing ‘metal knuckles’ (which is what Nevada law calls ‘brass knuckles’) is usually a gross misdemeanor in Nevada.”
A gross misdemeanor according to Nevada law (NRS 193.140), carries the following punishment, “Every person convicted of a gross misdemeanor shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 364 days, or by a fine of not more than $2,000, or by both fine and imprisonment, unless the statute in force at the time of commission of such gross misdemeanor prescribed a different penalty.”
According to Las Vegas Defense Group, White and the UFC could also be guilty of a “Crime Against Public Health and Safety,” according to NRS 202.350 which states, “Manufacture or cause to be manufactured, or import into the State, or keep, offer or expose for sale, or give, lend or possess any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy, sand-club, sandbag or metal knuckles
Manufacture or cause to be manufactured, or import into the State, or keep, offer or expose for sale, or give, lend, possess or use a machine gun or a silencer, unless authorized by federal law”
A second offense related to “metal knuckles” is considered a category D felony in Nevada, which is punishable by 1-4 years in state prison and a fine up to $5,000.
Bloody Elbow reached out to the UFC for comment on White giving the Nelk Boys what appeared to be “metal knuckles.”