MMA trainer Pat Miletich, who was the UFC’s first welterweight champion, says freedom in America is under threat after he was fired from his role with the Legacy Fighting Alliance for participating in the riot in Washington DC last week would have.
Miletich, 54, announced online late Tuesday that the LFA, on which he acts as a commentator, had ended their relationship with him after it was confirmed that he was present at the riots that led to a mob the US Capitol stormed. Five people were killed in the incident.
The riots in the Capitol have sparked another impeachment trial against the man most wanted to celebrate – Donald Trump – but Miletich says he too was treated unfairly because he was only present at the event.
“I just want you guys to know that I just got a call from the people at the LFA and they basically informed me that they were under a lot of pressure because I was at the Capitol,” he announced in an Instagram video at.
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“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.
“I went for a walk with whites, blacks, a lot of Chinese people who escaped communist China and are for freedom. It was all down the line – people of different races, religions.
“But the LFA was under a lot of pressure and unfortunately they felt they had to distance themselves from me – which, hey, I understand your position.
“I love all of these people, Ed [Soares] and Sven [Bean] and mark [Bieri] and all, i love them.
Hell, I don’t even know who this guy is or his three opponents he faces in the UFC. Thanks for the information! 💪 It’s also worth mentioning that Pat Miletich gets shit by the LFA because he’s … good for being himself.
– lowlife_slim (@lowlife_slim) January 12, 2021
So Pat Miletich was fired from LFA. Is that fair, isn’t it? Violation of his 1st change rights? What do you think about it?
– Eddie Law @ (@ ELaw32) Jan 12, 2021
“But the price of freedom will be high folks. I’m losing my job, that’s part of the pain. Even the people who pressured the LFA to get rid of me are doing my best to fight for their freedom.” “
A statement from the LFA stated that Miletich was relieved of his duties ahead of the upcoming battle card on Jan. 15 – but they said they had not made a permanent decision about his future with the company, adding that they had Miletich’s right support peaceful protest but were concerned about “photos of questionable nature” brought to their attention online.
Despite increasing video evidence, Miletich had previously approached the media about their coverage of the riots in the U.S. Capitol, claiming that President Trump’s supporters did no harm.
“The media is full of shit,” he wrote in an online post that has since been deleted, according to MMAFighting.com.
“No Trump supporters have ever caused violence or attacked [law enforcement officers].
“I was at the front of the capital when the Proud Boys moved to the capital [Capitol]. They absorbed grenades, tear gas and huge amounts of pepper spray and did not attack anyone. Fuck the media. “
In the week following the incident, numerous protesters were arrested by the authorities for their role in the fracas, ranging from simple violations to criminal offenses.
The LFA is known as one of the UFC’s main feeder organizations and is broadcast via the UFC’s ‘Fight Pass’ streaming service.
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