Dustin Holyko was choked out by Neiman Gracie at WSOF 11. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
World Series of Fighting on Monday severed ties with Dustin Holyko, a fighter with an extensive criminal record in the state of Florida.
Holyko competed on Saturday’s WSOF 11 card at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., losing via second-round rear-naked choke to Neiman Gracie.
An online search of the Volusia County Clerk of Circuit Court database reveals that the 28-year-old Port Orange, Fla., resident has been arrested for a plethora of felony and misdemeanor offenses since 2005. The charges include animal cruelty, domestic battery by strangulation, driving under the influence and obstruction of an officer without violence. As recently as April 23, Holyko was rearrested in violation of parameters of his probation agreement.
In all, public records reveal 16 different criminal charges.
In addition, an article published Monday by BloodyElbow.com points out several white pride-oriented tattoos on Holyko’s body. Amongst the visible tattoos were iron crosses, “SS” lightning bolt symbols, and the phrase “white pride” which was tattooed on each forearm.
A representative from WSOF on Monday issued the following statement to Sherdog.com:
“Honestly, we were not aware of Dustin Holyko’s criminal record or any potentially offensive tattoos prior to him competing at WSOF 11. He was licensed by the Florida commission prior to the fight, and it was his third professional fight under their jurisdiction. That said, with the information that has since come to light, we immediately elected to terminate our relationship with Mr. Holyko.”
Calls made to Holyko’s management team, Syndicate MMA Management, were not immediately returned.