The UFC’s first welterweight champion, Pat Miletich, has been fired by the Legacy Fighting Alliance for attending the site of the US Capitol riots back on January 6. The UFC Hall of Famer and one of the most decorated MMA coaches has been a color commentator for LFA for more than a decade. LFA has its events airs on UFCFight Pass.
Miletich had aired several Instagram videos on his account making a claim that the trip to Washington represented “freedom”. He also stated that there was no violence until members of antifascists made their way into the premises.
The report was made by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi and a statement was made by LFA as they removed Miletich from the upcoming LFA 97 event this Friday.
“First and foremost, the LFA supports the participation of the constitutional right to peaceful protest,” the statement read. “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.”
In a phone call between Miletich and LFA brass, the commentator was told that the organization felt they needed to ‘distance themselves’ from him. Where Miletich goes from here is the big question, but with the LFA releasing him, they’ll need to find a replacement for Friday night as their search begins.
On the afternoon of January 6, a herd of supporters for Donald Trump took a stand in objection to the Electoral College victory of Joe Biden and stormed into the Capitol. Five people died, including a Capitol officer.