Cain Velazquez Says He Got His Tattoo To Honor His Immigrant Father

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He did it for his dad.

Cain Velasquez is just as known for his “Brown Pride” chest tattoo as he is for being a beast in the octagon (just ask Brock Lesnar). The MMA fighter has made no secret of being extremely proud of his Mexican heritage, and in a recent interview with Vice Sports, the former heavyweight champ went into the specifics for why he got it in the first place.

“To me, being a kid, I didn’t have those dreams as a professional athlete because I never saw a guy that was a big Mexican playing professional sports,” he says in the video. He’s not wrong. Outside of baseball and boxing, there aren’t really a lot of Mexicans/Mexican-Americans playing in the major sports leagues.

Beyond visibility, the biggest reason for the “Brown Pride” tattoo is Velasquez’s father and the sacrifices he’s made. “I’m proud that we’re known as hard workers,” he added. “It’s more so a tribute to my dad as far as all the stuff that he had to go through to get here to this country.”

This is by no means the first time that Velasquez has explained his tattoo, but it’s a nice reminder that you can be born in the United States and still feel strongly about your roots. Of course, if you’re a certain presidential candidate, that just makes you un-American.

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He Survived The Shooting In Orlando And He Is Now Telling His Story

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He Survived The Shooting In Orlando And He Is Now Telling His Story

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“It was a great night. No drama, just smiles, just laughter.”

Angel Colon was one of the more than 300 people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 the night a deranged gunman opened fire on the crowd. It was late and the bar was closing. As Colon was saying goodbye to his friends that night, the attack began. In an instant, Colon heard gun fire and started to run, but fell to the ground after being hit three times in the left leg, shattering his bones. “All I could hear was the shotgun,” Colon said in a media room. That’s when the shooter started shooting the injured and dead lying on the floor. Colon playing dead on the floor as the gunman approached him. “I’m just there laying down and I’m thinking, ‘I’m next. I’m dead,'” Colon recalls. The gunman fired more bullets at Colon hitting his hand and hip. Colon lied on the floor listening to the screams for help and the relentless gunfire that he says lasted five to ten minutes. Finally, a police officer approached Colon and dragged him out of the bar.

“I’m grateful for him but the floor is just covered in glass,” Colon says through tears. “So, he’s dragging me out while I’m just getting cut on my behind, my back, my legs. I don’t feel pain but I just feel all this blood on my from myself, from my other people.”

Stay strong, Angel. Love always wins.

READ: Remembering The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting, Many Of Whom Were Latino

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