LFA fired UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich from his color commentator job with the company after he participated in the protests, riots and attacks at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Miletich made the announcement via Instagram on Tuesday. Many on social media recognized Miletich among those at the Capitol last Wednesday, though there is not evidence that he was part of the group that actually stormed inside the building. He even posted photos of himself and the crowds to his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
“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,” Miletich said on Instagram in a since deleted video, via MMAJunkie.
“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 … The LFA was getting a lot of pressure, and unfortunately 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
Five people were killed and dozens more injured after groups of armed pro-President Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday in an effort to get lawmakers to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. One of those killed, a Capitol Police officer, was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.
More than 70 people have been charged for their roles in the attacks since, according to The New York Times, and at least 170 cases have been opened. The House of Representatives have introduced an article of impeachment against Trump, and are expected to vote on impeaching him a second time this week.
Miletich was the first person to earn the UFC’s welterweight belt in 1998, and defended that title four times. The 54-year-old last competed in 2008, when he beat Thomas Denny, and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame pioneer wing in 2014.
Despite no evidence whatsoever of election fraud and dozens of failed legal arguments on the subject by Trump’s legal team, Miletich said in his video that “the price of freedom is going to be heavy,” and that he will “continue to fight for freedom.”
“I wanted everybody to know that I love those guys over at LFA,” he said. “I understand their position.”
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