Pat Miletich, the first UFC welterweight champion and one of the best-equipped coaches in MMA history, announced in an Instagram video that he was fired from the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) for being released on January 6th was present at the US Capitol uprising.
The Hall of Famer has been a color commentator on MMA events like LFA for more than a decade. LFA will air on the UFC Fight Pass.
In a statement to ESPN, LFA wrote that Miletich was removed from the LFA 97 broadcast this Friday and the promotion continues with an investigation to determine next steps.
“First and foremost, the LFA supports the participation of the constitutional right to peaceful protest,” the statement said. “During preparations for the 2021 debut broadcast, the LFA was made aware that photos of a questionable nature had surfaced on various social media with combat analyst Pat Miletich. While the LFA was investigating the situation further, it was decided to call Mr. Miletich of the LFA Broadcasting Service 97 event on Friday. “
Miletich said in the video that LFA officers said on a phone call to him that they were under pressure and felt they needed to “distance themselves” from him.
“I want you to know that the people I ran with at the Capitol, none of those I know, were involved in any of the violence,” Miletich said.
Miletich has shared photos from the Capitol area on his Facebook page, including one where he smiles as he poses next to a man wearing a badge with the initials “RWDS”, which stands for “right-wing death squad”.
On the afternoon of January 6, supporters of President Donald Trump marched to the U.S. Capitol after Trump’s rally and stormed the building as Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s election victory. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the riot.