Cain Velasquez Discusses ‘Brown Pride’ Tattoo on ESPN

Written by Tom Ngo
November 17th, 2010

UFC Heavyweight Cain Velasquez

Since laying the smacketh down on Brock Lesnar at UFC 121, Cain Velasquez and his freshly minted heavyweight crown have gone on a nationwide tour. Velasquez’s latest truck stop had him chatting it up with ESPN’s First Take.

Among the topics of conversation was the tattoo plastered across the champ’s chest. Although Velasquez has donned the ink for years, the controversy surrounding ‘Brown Pride’ is just now becoming an issue courtesy of his newly found fame.

Some have taken offense to Velasquez’s tattoo by claiming that it’s racist. The argument is that if a Caucasian-American was sporting a ‘White Pride’ chest stamp, he’d be crucified at the stake.

Cain was born in Salinas, California in 1982, shortly after his parents risked everything for the unknown and illegally hopped the U.S. boarder.

While the 28-year-old is technically a Mexican-American, Velasquez has always remained true to his Latino heritage. According to the humble heavyweight, the tat signifies the sacrifices his parents made in order for him to have the opportunity to pursue a better life.

Please click the media player below to watch Cain’s appearance on First Take:

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