It was an ugly scene in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021, as several rioters stormed the United State’s Capitol in an attempted coup against the U.S. government that turned violent and deadly real quick. Indeed, five people died in the ugly attack that saw several Trump supporters invade the nation’s Capitol building, forcing several politicians to seek safety and temporarily delay the process of confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s seat at the head of the White House table.
Among those in attendance was Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer Pat Miletich. As a result for being present at the protest, Miletich has been reportedly released his duties as commentator for Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA).
Pat Miletich announcing he was let go from LFA, via is Instagram. pic.twitter.com/NpIRSnJY1f— Alex Behunin (@AlexBehunin) January 12, 2021
“I just got a call from the folks at the LFA, and they basically informed me that they were getting a lot of pressure because I was at the Capitol, and I want you guys to know that the people that I walked with at the Capitol, none of them that I know of were involved in any of the violence,” Miletich said in a now-deleted Instagram video.
“I walked with white people, black people and a lot of Chinese people who escaped communist China for freedom,” he continued. “It was across the board people of different religions, races. The LFA was getting a lot of pressure, and they felt they needed to distance themselves from me. I understand their position.”
Of course Pat Miletich was in DC on Jan 6th. pic.twitter.com/nVp1yayVAp— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) January 11, 2021
While Miletich says he didn’t take part in any of the violent acts, his presence was enough to force LFA to let him go, though he has no hard feelings with the decision.
“I love all those guys, Ed and Sven and Mark and everybody, I love them. But the price of freedom is going to be heavy guys. Me losing my job is part of the pain. Even the people that pressured the LFA to get rid of me, I’m doing my best to fight for your freedom.”
In a statement to MMA Fighting, LFA officials explained that while it hasn’t yet decided what to do with Miletich moving forward, it is removing him from the promotion’s first event of 2021. Moving forward, a decision regarding his future with the company will be made pending an investigation.
“First and foremost, the LFA supports the participation of the constitutional right to peaceful protest,” LFA officials said. “During preparations for the 2021 debut broadcast, it was brought to the LFA’s attention that photos of questionable nature surfaced on various social media outlets involving fight analyst Pat Miletich. While the LFA continues to investigate the situation, the decision was made to remove Mr. Miletich from broadcast duties for this Friday’s LFA 97 event.”
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